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Registered: December 2010
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Another attempt using the panning technique to display motion. This one was taken at 1/30s handheld focusing on the nearer man. With 3 subjects in the frame it is nearly impossible for all to be in focus and any vertical movement from the body would produce ghosting since you are panning horizontally from right to left. The slower the subject the slower the shutter speed has to be. The bike tour is coming up on the 26th so I have time to go out and pan some cars for some more practice.
· Date: Sat March 12, 2011 · Views: 835 ·
Keywords: marathon, running, panning technique, garo
Camera Make / Model: Nikon D700
Lens Make / Focal Length: Nikon 85mm/1.4G @ f/11 1/30s
Event e.g. Grand Prix, Birthday, Sunrise: Little Rock 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: 334
Sat March 12, 2011 5:39pm

Hats on backwards & peddle to the fire wall! i like the way the bloke in red is in focus round his head & shoulders then the rest is in movment like wise the lady nice work look faward to your bike tour shots
Best regards

Richard G

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,733
Sat March 12, 2011 5:55pm

Strong energetic feel to this image with the blurred nature of the legs and arms of the runners. One feels their eyes moving right to left as if the runners are actually running through the picture... The contrast between the trio of runners and the blurred nature of the background helps to make the trio stand out in the picture.


Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,660
Sat March 12, 2011 8:36pm

A well caught picture Gary.
My feeling is that a 1 stop faster shutter speed would still have the hands/feet blurred and the background sufficiently streaked. Indeed there may even be a case for a 2 stop ND filter which along with the faster shutter would provide an aperture of f4. My thinking is that the panning, plus the more out of focus (but still streaked) background, would be less busy. The 1/60th shutter would reduce the vertical movement.

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 70
Sat March 12, 2011 9:30pm

Vic, with the pace of the runners (typically 7-8 minute miles) 1/60s is a little too fast of a shutter. I agree that opening up to f4 or so would have been more pleasing for an OOF BG, but 1/60s barely blurred the feet. Thanks for your input nevertheless. As always digital film is cheap so I will keep practicing. Smile

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 59
Sun March 13, 2011 12:10am

Nice work Gary, These shots are fantastic.

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