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We're dragging landscapes today. If you're puzzled over the name of the technique take a look at our article then e2 members can post their images here while our free members can put them in the gallery.
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This is one that I did earlier. It started life as a poor black and white image and has ended up as a poor colour one.
I dispute the technique, the best way for a smooth drag is in fact a tripod and gimbal head. The level of abstract is of course purely personal. The technique I use is to set the camera to self-timer with a delay of 2-secs. Press the shutter and start moving the camera. By the time the exposure starts the panning will be much smoother as you do not suddenly move as you press the shutter. Then like any pan continue slightly past the shutter closing.
Here's one with a tripod.
And here's one without.
Quote: The technique I use is to set the camera to self-timer with a delay of 2-secs. Press the shutter and start moving the camera.
Yeap, me too. Altered the amount of movement to get the amount of blurriness I wanted.
This one was without tripod, as I didn't have a suitable tripod head for it.
Well you can use a ballhead, or many other tyoes as well, but the gimbal makes it simple to lock the movement in one direction only
These are all very interesting, I'll have a go at this today.
In the best Blue Peter tradition ..................... here are two I prepared earlier.
Taken at last years Pilochry meet.
struggling to get this handheld...will keep trying
Quote: I dispute the technique, the best way for a smooth drag is in fact a tripod and gimbal head.
It depends what effect you're after...a tripod can make it a little too controlled / smooth. Sometimes a ragged effect is more desirable.
The example shows a smooth drag. Which as those posted above show is virtually impossible without a tripod. If the article had shown an image with the jagged lines then fair enough. But there is no need to throw away the tripod as stated in the technique.
I suppose we could be picking at fine detail here , but this one was 1/6th sec without a tripod last week. It's smooth enough for me.
Excuse the dust specs. Just a quick process
Mine are normally done over 1 - 2 secs.
The point was that the technique said don't take the tripod, but both methods are valid. It should have said you don't need a tripod, but can use one, although the pan technique is slightly modified depending on which you choose.
To suggest that smoother panning was only possible without a tripod is just plainly wrong. In either case it is about technique. The main factors are making sure that there are no patches of sky, especially if it is white as this will just become an annoying streak in the final image. And if you don't want a flat image then it is best if the subject is being lit on one side as this gives more depth to the tree trunks in the case of my shot or yours
Quote: To suggest that smoother panning was only possible without a tripod is just plainly wrong.
I'm not sure if Will or Nik wrote this, but I've reworded so it's provides two suggested options - tripod or hand held.
Probably Will, but then he's a novice at this, whereas I have spent many hours in Scotland trying this when the conditions are too damp for much else
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