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Dave asked me to load one of my tree pan shots with an explanation. This is a rework of a previous upload as I could not locate any of the recent ones on the portable drive (they are stored on main PC, but had hoped one was on the drive).

Technique: Find a good stand of trees, it is best if there is some good light to one side, as this will give the image some dimension which is missing if you try this in flat light. Use a tripod (yes you can do it without, but the result will be more haphazard). Any style of tripod head can be used, but if you have one a gimbal is actually perfect for this as it will let you pan smoothly in line with the dominant trees (easy with pines as they tend to be quite upright).

The shutter speed used is really dependant on how quickly you pan from top to bottom, anything from 1/8th of a sec to 2 secs can work. The aperture is less important as you are not after a sharp image, so select whatever gives you your desired shutter speed. Focus is also not critical, it needs to be approximately on the main tree in your image, but it does not have to be spot on.

Be sure not to have any sky in the shot at the point your exposure starts. And I say exposure starts for a good reason, the smoothest pan is achieved by setting your self-timer to 2secs and point your camera to the just above (or below if panning upwards) the start point of your image. Press the shutter and commence panning, by the time the shutter releases after the delay you will be in the middle of a smooth pan, continue panning past the point of the shutter closing. This is good technique for all pans.

I have to thank a couple of people for introducing me to this technique originally, Pete Cairns and John MacPherson, but it was Mark Hamblin that let me in to the 2sec delay technique, which proved to be the key in achieving some acceptable results.

So there you go, all those that wanted another water collision will have to blame Dave.

Oh and any dust spots on your sensor will stand out a mile in the resultant shot. And yes you can do it in PS as an afterthought, but there is more satisfaction in creating this in camera.

This was taken near the osprey centre at Loch Garten.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-200
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:For Leafhopper
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:15 May 2010 - 6:45 PM
Tags:Camera pan, Pine, Slow shutter speed, Specialist / abstract, Trees
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jonah794
jonah794  41723 forum posts United Kingdom11 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2010 - 8:00 PM

I really like it and thanks for the help on the technique - I'll try it out Smile


Quote: osprey centre at Loch Garten

We'll be going back near there soon Wink

Jonah

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15 May 2010 - 8:03 PM

Now thats what im talking about.. Thanks Cheryl.. hope to have a go next week ... Dave

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Sean_Dillon
15 May 2010 - 8:20 PM

Excellant image and great explanation on the technique - thank you.

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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2010 - 8:37 PM

Fabulous work and a great tutorial. Ann

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2010 - 9:05 AM

Actually Jonah, I have a feeling this is even closer, as I think it may have been at the sledging centre at Rothiemurchus and not Loch Garten. I have done some at LG, but looking at the date on this file I think it must be one from the sled centre.

Thanks all.

Might squeeze in a water drop shot today.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2010 - 3:58 PM

Thanks Rahul for the GEA.

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chase
chase Critique Team 81115 forum postschase vcard England234 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2010 - 4:17 PM

Thanks for sharing the tutorial Cheryl,one day I will have a go at it.
Nice result.

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2010 - 2:35 PM

Really works thanks for the tutorial.

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susanbarton
20 May 2010 - 5:06 PM

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the description on how to do it!

Susan

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