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By sherlob    

My 1/52 project reaches double figures, but still there is a lot of year left to go! For those who don't know what a 1/52 project is: I have committed to posting one image per week for a year (minimum). The project image must have been taken and processed within the week it was uploaded. The idea is to give myself a much needed kick to get out and do more photography. I have to admit, that whilst at times I worry that I may have to post an image I am not 100% happy with, I am loving it.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at Oulton Park practicing my panning technique again. My hit rate was slightly higher than it had been with the motor bikes a few weeks earlier, but then cars are somewhat slower and larger. Still, I think the practice is paying dividends. In particular, I have learned that each subject needs a specific judgement in regard to the shutter speed used to create a sense of speed. Factors to consider are the speed of travel of the object, its size, the focal length used, the background, the distance of the object from the background and whether the object is moving in more than a single plane. This knowledge should be useful if a wildlife project I have lined up for later in the year comes off.

The light yesterday was pretty uninspiring and the resulting images lacked a little pop. Converting to mono has I think helped in creating a more dynamic final image.

I'd love to hear of other folks experiences regarding panning.


Tags: Mono Car Speed Panning Racing Black and white Racing car Oulton park Sports and action 1 of 52 project

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Tonyd3 17 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2018 11:18AM
Well I think you did a good job, panning is a staple feature of a sports photographers portfolio and needs to be mastered over several years to learn the right technique. It is best to stand and watch an event before even taking a picture, this trains the eye and you gain a sense for the movement before picking up the camera.

I used to be able to get down as far as 1/5th hand held that takes a lot of practise.
My advice is start at 1/60th at f16 to start and work the shutter down with a short telephoto lens say 70mm ish after that you can work up the longer lengths 400mm on a monopod

I think you have done a great job on this but I would darken the background a bit to make the car stand out. My award.
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
11 Mar 2018 7:07PM
The choice of b&w is certainly a good move. Adds more drama.
There's also no background disturbances to catch the eye, although a small amount of, for example, hoarding with writing might add to the context.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 784 England
11 Mar 2018 7:16PM
A fine action shot Adam, the car stands out very well and the background doesn't contain distractions (mono helps as I guess there were distracting colours).

Quote:each subject needs a specific judgement in regard to the shutter speed used to create a sense of speed

That sums up panning perfectly.
I remember when I started photography (and for a long while after it has to be said) the advice was 'slow shutter speed' and 1/30 or 1/15 mentioned which is fine for some subjects and not others. The writers always seemed to be talking about theior own very narrow range of subject matter and it was true about other genres too.
I dread to think of how many budding photographers were put off by wayward but well meaning advice.
Sorry for rambling on a bit, I feel in a talkative mood tonight Smile
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2018 6:30AM
Just read some advice in an article tonight: 1/estimated speed of subject or 1/(x2) estimated speed of subject. The article is then illustrated with images which clearly donít apply this rule! Which brings me to a conclusion worth more - part of the judgement is the artistic effect being sought - panning shots donít necessarily require a sharp subject.

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