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Cheryl - surely it would be better to clarify your point by using a similar subject for 'no tripod'?
Don't get me wrong though ..... I like both your shots (in fact I love your tree one) and have never seen one done with a tripod. Who knows - I may even take the tripod out of the car boot and give it a rare airing
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I don't have any tree shots without a tripod, and to be honest you can create the more zigzag effect even with the tripod, so really I could upload one of those and lie
Another point Cheryl ............ having practiced so much in Scotland with the tripod/head - where did you find the verticle trees to practice on? (everywhere I look the trees are on a tilt because of the constant bloody wind making them grow on a tilt).
OK, I've been practising this today and I am not getting anything like the photos on here, mine are awful.
What am I doing wrong? I was using f25 and 1.6secs and they are still coming out over exposed, any faster shutter speed and I don't get any streaks.
I've uploaded this shot to the gallery but thought I would upload here too. Even though it wasn't taken in situ, it has been edited to achieve the same effect as panning. I actually took the original photo of the wood last year but coincidently decided to edit it just a few days ago. I used the blur (selecting motion blur) tool in PS, setting the direction to vertical then applying the amount I desired. This maybe another option to try in addition to the technique described in the article (which obviously requires more skill!), especially with any old shots. Though I will try the panning technique next time I get chance!
Anna - switch the camera to manual and reduce the time the shutter is open
I had it on manual and if I reduced the time the shutter was open I didn't get any streaks, I could clearly see the subject, grrrr, very annoyed.
Anna, take a straight shot first to get the exposure right. When you've done that then have a go at the dragging technique. If the exposure was right on the first it should be near enough the same on the dragged shot. Work in manual to avoid variation as starting at a low position may have a darker area that cause the camera to over expose for the majority of the shot. You don't have to go so slow with the shutter speed either. I used a 1/6sec exposure. If the shutter speed is faster you just drag faster. You just need to do a few trials to get the drag speed balanced with the shutter speed.
Here are a few I tried today. All of the handheld vairity. The last one I tried rotating the camera rather then panning:
Thanks Pete, I'll have to try tomorrow. I was doing it in the garden and could hear someone talking quite close but thought it was my neighbours in their garden so carried on, it was only after I had been waving my camera up and down and uttering very unladylike behaviour for 10 mins that I looked up and saw a very handsome builder standing on the roof of my neighbour's shed wondering what the Hell I was doing.
Combining Day 26 and Day 27 - a dragged waterfall
hand held, iso 100, manual with auto focus
Had a go today when I was out trying to find some bluebells.
what can I say? (hic!)
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