A wire fence, of the kind common at race circuits and other locations where the public need to be kept out or something else needs to be kept in, is often viewed as an obstacle to photography but this isn’t necessarily the case. By controlling the placement and depth of your depth of field you can render these fences invisible, or at least close to invisible. It even works for cake cooling racks and Jaguar XJ220 pencil cases just as well as with real cars and fences.
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Panning (discussed in this post) and the motion freezing properties of a flash might seem like unsuitable partners, but you can target a certain part of your image with a flash without losing your blurred background. The areas hit by the flash will be frozen – because the duration of the flash is very short and therefore has the effect of using a fast shutter speed – but the areas lit mostly by ambient light will remain blurred.
If the panning technique (discussed in this post) isn’t well suited to your current location you will have to find other methods for making your subject appear dynamic. As with panning I’m going to cover this in the context of photographing motorsport events involving cars.
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Panning is a technique which involves intentionally creating motion blur in parts of an image to give an impression of movement and is a good example of how an effect that is sometimes undesirable in photography can also be used in a creative manner. It can also be used to reduce the impact of distracting foreground or background objects by blurring them.