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Day 26 April 2010: Drag landscapes

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nik111
nik111 ePHOTOzine Staff 6318 forum postsnik111 vcard United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 - 12:01 AM

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.

You can find out more about Photo Month in the what is Photo Month forum.

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jken
jken  81672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 8:53 AM

Oh!!

DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 8:59 AM

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.

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Last Modified By DOGSBODY at 26 Apr 2010 - 9:01 AM
csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 9:00 AM

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.

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And here's one without.

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Last Modified By csurry at 26 Apr 2010 - 9:01 AM
Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 9:05 AM


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.
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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 9:10 AM

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 Wink

Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 9:35 AM

These are all very interesting, I'll have a go at this today.

kaybee
kaybee  103771 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 9:49 AM

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In the best Blue Peter tradition ..................... here are two I prepared earlier.
Taken at last years Pilochry meet.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104001 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 10:05 AM

struggling to get this handheld...will keep trying Sad

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 10:50 AM


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.

csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 10:54 AM

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.

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 11:19 AM

I suppose we could be picking at fine detail here Tongue, but this one was 1/6th sec without a tripod last week. It's smooth enough for me.
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Excuse the dust specs. Just a quick process

Last Modified By Pete at 26 Apr 2010 - 11:20 AM
csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 12:09 PM

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 Tongue Tongue

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318434 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 12:19 PM


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.

csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
26 Apr 2010 - 12:22 PM

Grin Grin

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 Wink

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