I'm working on motion blur, and I am struggling a bit. Last night I sat with my back to the window and tried shooting my daughter as she banged away on the piano. My objective was to have her face in focus, the keys in focus, but her hands in motion.
This was the best I could come up with, remember, my subject was a very squirmy toddler.
I shot this at f/5, 1/20, ISO 500.
I had set the focus on her face, but somehow the keyboard is what is the most clear. I shot it over and over again, continuing to re-focus on her face, then shoot. Every time, the keys would be clear, her face somewhat clear/somewhat muddled. The hands are cool but I'm losing the crispness I'm seeking.
Aside from the light from the windows lighting the room (it was around 5pm,) I also had all the recessed lights in the ceiling on.
Is my ISO wrong? I was trying to keep the ISO as low as possible to prevent noise, but I felt like I had to boost it a little because of the light.
Here it is @ f/4.5...her face is much brighter and more crisp, but then I lose the blur in the hands. Also the color looks wonky.
So what do I do to get the blur in the hands but the crisp face? I know I'm doing something wrong...
Any suggestions are most welcome.