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By conrad
I didn't see any cars flying through the air at the rally I attended, nor did I see any smoke from burning rubber, or any other spectacular effects, but there was one dusty road. Sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

I know that only bits of the car are sharp, but I like the sense of speed.

Same settings as my first rally upload.

Comments and mods welcome, as always.

Tags: Road Netherlands Car General Transport Sports Rally Auto Dusty Paradigit Helmond Sports and action

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Simon_P 15 487 4 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2008 9:49PM
Itís quite strange that the windscreen is sharp and bonnet blurred, maybe up/down movement as well as linier movement? I have noticed this on some of my shots to some degree too.
Nice capture and composition though the movement does work for this for me too.
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
12 Jun 2008 5:45AM
Lots of speed

dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 813 England
12 Jun 2008 7:59AM
The lower the speed the more parts of the car will be unsharp, as they are all moving in different speeds relative to the image plane in the camera. The fact you've got one bit (acceptably) sharp means your panning technique is basically good. Choosing the most effective shutter speed is the tricky thing and comes down to experinece and analysing your shots.
Certainly gives the impression of speed.
conrad 17 10.9k 116
12 Jun 2008 8:09AM

Quote:Itís quite strange that the windscreen is sharp and bonnet blurred,

That's what I couldn't understand either.

Quote:maybe up/down movement as well as linier movement?

Now that's a thought. Hmmm....

Quote:The fact you've got one bit (acceptably) sharp means your panning technique is basically good.

Ah, that's a relief, honestly. I've thrown so many images out that I was beginning to doubt myself.

Thanks, fellas!
deemac 16 6 11 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 10:06PM
I agree that getting one part of the car sharp shows your panning technique is absolutely fine: if something is sharp, it would have to be.

I wondered if DoF might have been the cause, but looking closely it does appear more like motion blur than OOF blur, so I'll have to bow to krimage's comment about different parts of the car moving at different speeds (relative to the image plane in the camera) - can't quite get my head around that one! I'd be interested to know what the aperture and shutter-speed settings were. I've photographed cars at speed (on hill climbs) and not been aware of that problem.

I know exactly what you mean about making the best of what's there. Without a spectacular jump, bend, water-splash or whatever, it's hard not to produce something that might as well be a parked car! From what you've said I think you have indeed made the best of what you had available. Generally if I can't find anything better I look for some place where they'll at least have one wheel off the ground while cornering, though a panning shot on a straight such as this can be very effective too.
deemac 16 6 11 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2008 10:14PM
I've thought about it further and I think I'm getting my head around krimage's comment now. Although, physically, the whole car is moving at the same speed, because the car is moving both across and towards you, those parts closer to you will cover a large distance in the 2-dimensional plane than the parts that are further away (in much the same way that objects closer appear larger than objects farther away). However, i'd think that you must have been on quite a slow shutter speed for that to become obvious. If your 70-200 is the IS version then perhaps you've been able to eliminate camera shake with the IS at a slower shutter speed, hence the motion blur. Having said that, your panning technique must be very good indeed to have got shut a pin-sharp image at any point on the car, so although you might be disappointed with some aspects of the shot, you ought to be pleased with the panning at least!

Aside from ALL that, I do like the effect! It certainly has managed to convey a sense of speed and movement, and because the most important part of the car is sharp, this works well. Perhaps you ought to make this a speciality, a personal style if you like!!!
conrad 17 10.9k 116
20 Jun 2008 10:54PM
Interesting, interesting. Well, that certainly does make me feel a little better. And it also confirms the conclusion I have drawn in the meantime myself: I should have chosen a faster shutter speed. I found a racing (panned) image on here the other day that I liked, and the photographer gave his technical details. I was surprised that at 1/100 he managed to blur the background and got the car sharp from back to front. So instead of 1/60 and 1/80 maybe I should have tried 1/100 or 1/125. Maybe the cars go fast enough anyway to blur the background when you pan, even at that shutter speed.

Thanks for thinking with me on this!
kaybee 18 8.2k 27 Scotland
21 Jun 2008 11:04AM
This is the best way to see these cars shot - they look boring if everything is sharp
conrad 17 10.9k 116
21 Jun 2008 7:47PM
Yeah, that's why I was panning all day - otherwise they might just as well have been parked car images, right?!

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