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    Challenge IV - Panning

    In your shutter speed challenge, you discovered that shutter speeds could affect how blurry a moving image was within your scene. You ended up with nice sharp background, but a blurry car, as you used slower shutter speeds.

    Now slow shutter speeds can be very effective when photographing moving water (waterfalls etc), but on a car, the vehicle ends up blurry with your background sharp.

    This challenge is about reversing that, using a slower shutter speed to capture the car reasonably sharply and the background blurry. To do this we use a technique called 'panning'. Panning involves following your subject with the camera and taking the shot without stopping the movement of following the vehicle.

    A good analogy would be the golf swing, you swing your club, hit the ball and the club continues in the same arc, even though the ball has already been hit.

    So for this challenge, you will need to get out on your street again. If your camera has a continuous or 'servo' focus setting, use that. Your lens and camera should then track your moving object to try and maintain focus on it.

    Start, by not taking any photos, but look through the viewfinder and just follow the vehicle as it passes by, try and keep a part of the vehicle in the same part of the frame as you 'pan' with the vehicle as it passes.

    Practice this a few times without taking an actual shot.

    Now set your camera to shutter mode and chose a shutter speed of about 1/30 - 1/60th second. Now as you pan with your vehicle try and keep a constant flowing motion as you follow the vehicle and press the shutter button, but keep the panning flow going. Do not stop or jerk as you take your shot, it should be one continuous fluid pan, following the vehicle, with a nice soft shutter press during it.

    Try it with even slower shutter speeds, down to 1/15th second.

    If you dont have access to decent regular traffic, try it on the kids riding bikes around, or a pet (dog) running around the yard etc. All you need is a moving object that moves across in front of you.

    Panning can take a lot of practice to do well, but come back to this thread, post a couple of your shots and talk about them, what does the background look like, how does it differ from your shots in challenge II.

    Panning is a good skill to learn as it is often used in sports photography, and to capture shots of birds in flight, as examples.

    most of all, have fun!
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    I really have to experiment with panning - will play around with this when have time. This is one thing i've never managed to try or get right lol
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    Thought I might add something to Ricks info about panning. The more detail you have in your background, the more noticeable the blur effect will be.

    For eg .. Try and picture panning a moving car that is passing through a tunnel against the backdrop of a plain coloured wall. The blur effect will be minimal because there is no detail in the wall. But if that wall was covered in grafitti or colourful posters or anything with lots of detail, the blur effect will be much more noticeable and obvious.

    Ill definitely be taking on this challenge as it something ive been meaning to practice for a while now ..
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    i can see this will require practice , i took advantage of having the paddock seeded.

    This one is SS 1/60


    This one is SS 1/30


    This one is SS 1/20


    This one is SS 1/15


    I can see a difference in backgound blurr with each pic.
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    Your 1/30 second shot came up well Julie. Well done. It does take practice, but its a good skill to have. As you can see from your results, it creates a dramatic and interesting photo. Well done.

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    good work Julie .. not bad results at all. Love the last one .. looks like a supercharged tractor

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    Well done. This is harder than normal traffic at 60k/ph as tractors are slower. So extra well done!
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    1st image was taken at 1/125 sec

    2nd and 3rd were taken at 1/160 sec
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    thats the idea mate .. but i think if youre new to it youre better of panning something thats travelling a little slower. It will give you more time to focus track the subject in the viewfinder and get your flow on Shutter speeds of 1/30th, 1/60th are probably an easier thing to be starting off with.

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    Thanks for the tips, all shots were not as sharp as I would like to see....

    I was really happy as my goal was to create a panning effect and it worked!

    Off the topic:
    How's the new bag Big Dazzler?

    I have the Mini Trekker AW and I love it can fit so much stuff in


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    Well ....of course it's raining again.Will have to get back to you on this one when the weather clears up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikonNellie View Post
    Well ....of course it's raining again.Will have to get back to you on this one when the weather clears up.
    I know , annoying isnt it Nellie .. I had some plans for this arvo shooting too .. dammit

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenconnell View Post

    Off the topic:
    How's the new bag Big Dazzler?

    I have the Mini Trekker AW and I love it can fit so much stuff in

    Yea looks good mate .. Ive had the Nova AW200 shoulder bag for a while but it just gets to heavy to carry around all day with hepas of lenses and other crap in it, gets a bit taxing on the shoulder. So I wanted to get a pack. Got a deal too, well if you can call $100 for a bag a deal .. but i think they retail for about $160 or something ..

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    I've not done any panning before - will have to give it a go!
    But first, a question...
    If your lens has IS, should it be on or off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry View Post
    I've not done any panning before - will have to give it a go!
    But first, a question...
    If your lens has IS, should it be on or off?
    Depends on your Lens. Nikons have 3 VR settings, Off, 1, 2. One of those is full VR, the other is designed to remove vertical movement when panning. So check your lens manual for your particular combination

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdazzler View Post
    Yea looks good mate .. Ive had the Nova AW200 shoulder bag for a while but it just gets to heavy to carry around all day with hepas of lenses and other crap in it, gets a bit taxing on the shoulder. So I wanted to get a pack. Got a deal too, well if you can call $100 for a bag a deal .. but i think they retail for about $160 or something ..
    Yeah thats a great price mine was $175 I love it....

    Should do a review on this site......

    Time will tell......

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    At the Airport - Tapley's Hill Road - Just tried a couple in between aircraft take-offs.




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    Now I know what you were doing Kym, Gonna have to try this and hopefully post soon
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    Ok, so the only thing that I had to practice panning on is the kids on their scooters..lol
    here's my effort ..
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    Are you happy with how it turned out Kirsty? Fun challenge eh?

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