Wednesday, November 13, 2013



November 13, 2013

This week's challenge is panning, selected by... moi! Check out my  pals for their  interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.

We're usually trying to hold the camera still, right?  But there are times when you want the camera to be moving!  Following a moving subject is one example of how we might want to move the camera for a better photographic result.  I thought the execution would be relatively easy, but I was never quite satisfied with a good contrast between a perfectly sharp subject and an exaggerated motion-blurred background.  Nonetheless, I think it was a good idea to practice this.  Now, I would be at least a little familiar with what works and how many times I can expect to try and retry the shots.  It's just another tool in our toolbox, I guess.
Header:  ISO 1600, 36mm, f5.6, 1/8s
The vehicle was in good focus, but the shot is boring. (1/15s)

Extreme blur in the background, but the subject came out blurry, too.  :-(

It adds to the effect when the skaters in the background are going in the opposite direction!

This was my first attempt... and I thought it was going to be so easy.  Ha!

A little blurry, but I still loved the action!

The contrast was not good here, but at least we can see a catchlight in its eye.

I just realized that all these shots (minus the header) are left-to-right.


imac said...

Very interesting panning shots my friend.

Jackie said...

There are so many tools in your toolbox that I can't imagine you mastering more....but you are.
I love the sense of motion in these shots. It is not easy to pan and take a photo. That is why you have never seen ONE photo like that of mine. I'm a miserable failure at it. But....practice makes perfect.
Always so good to be here, Craver.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Very nice job Craver, love the header and all your explanation.

Katney said...

I think following from left to right is a natural for us. But could very well be the opposite for Hebrew and Arabic readers.

Lew said...

You caught the red SUV well! Great sense of motion. Focus and panning at the same time is difficult.

heritagemom said...

Panning is hard, huh? :) Love the car panning.

George said...

I think you did a very good job panning these shots. I haven't had much success at all with this technique.

Carletta said...

I have never mastered this concept. I may have one shot I'd share - maybe. :)
As always, you've done well!
Love the header!

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never tried panning. Hmmm. Something else to try! ;)

lime said...

nicely done. i think it must require a good sense of timing as well as other things.