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Registered: December 2010
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I used the panning technique for this shot to display a sense of motion. For a slow moving object like a runner you have to use a much slower shutter speed which produces problems. First, if the object is moving vertically (head bobbing, hands moving, etc) when you pan at a very slow shutter speed ghosting is produced and makes room for camera shake when handheld as well. Also, if you have more than one object in the frame and they all move at different speeds much will be OOF. Here I focused on the near man's face and at 1/20s even that was not sharply focused. I was practicing because I want to shoot a half century bike race in a couple of weeks and I want to pan the bicycle riders. This shot was at ISO 200 @f/16 and 1/20s handheld. Motion in the BG and their feet are on display. This technique requires a lot of practice, one which I am a little rusty doing, but it is a fun techique to do. I also post processed this on the extreme side for me as I was messing around with my newly installed Photoshop CS5.
· Date: Thu March 10, 2011 · Views: 956 · Tags: 1 ·
Keywords: sports, runners, panning technique, garo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 85mm/1.4G @f/16 1/20s
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Marathon
State / Coluntry / Area Image Taken: Little Rock, AR
Country Image Taken
United States of America
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yashica boy

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 322
Thu March 10, 2011 10:59pm

Like this one I like the movment blur and the out of focus background
Best regards

Richard G

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Thu March 10, 2011 11:54pm

Somethng I have yet to try, nicely done Gary and thanks for the information on your technique. I'd like to try this on a bird of course. Smile

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 64
Fri March 11, 2011 12:03am

You've certainly done well at least at this size and posted to the web. I have no idea whether it will hold together if printed. You seem to have your doubts. This is a difficult technique. The bicycles will obviously be moving much more quickly unless you get them on a steep uphill, but then leg blur may not occur. Good luck!

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,709
Fri March 11, 2011 12:26am

Your panning of the two runners has a brought a strong energetic feel to the composition with the garish nature of the coloring adding to the visual impact of the picture. Something that I would like to try for Marathon that takes place by my apartment block in the first week of June... I usually simply shoot at a fast speed with the result that the runner, or runners, is caught clear and sharp but lacking the sense of energy that can be evoked by your technique of panning.

Pat Mark

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 12
Fri March 11, 2011 1:20am

Well done. This is not an easy thing to accomplish. I like the movement in this.

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 1,105
Fri March 11, 2011 2:55pm

I have had one successful panning shot, and that was by accident; since then I have tried to do more, but have found it very difficult. This seems to work really well especially as it is handheld. Good stuff!

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 1
Fri March 11, 2011 3:45pm

Like the post processing and overall look here. The guard rail and textured horizontal lines BG add nicely. Great technique Smile

Registered: January 2011
Fri March 11, 2011 6:48pm

This is soooo coool. I love the results. Great job.

Registered: January 2010
Posts: 445
Sat March 12, 2011 1:30am

I think you nailed it, terrific action shot, good sense of motion and effort

Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Sat March 12, 2011 3:09am

This is really awesome! Love the motion you caught while still seeing his face clearly! I look forward to seeing what you get during the race! I have tried to do this kind of stuff and itis not easy!

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