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Photography Course

By EveLine1  
During my weekend photograpy course we also learned the basics on taking pictures of moving subjects against a blurred background by moving the camera at the speed of the motiv... not easy but this turned out quite nice. I was using my new Sony Alpha 6000 and am still practicing..

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Specialist and abstract Sports and action

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banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4333 Canada
11 Mar 2015 3:40PM
Thats panning, and you did a good job of it here!

ddolfelin 11 103 3 Wales
11 Mar 2015 4:41PM
Yes - excellent job.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
11 Mar 2015 6:09PM
You nailed panning - and not just sideways, but at an angle. I think that's quite hard to do! (Possibly, even, you were panning along a curve, which simply does my head in!)

You've also got decent exposure, tonal range, and focus, plus putting the swing seat on a third.

On the other hand, picturially, the background is a bit messy - however, as I think this is simply about applying the technique, it's a success.

For some reason, your camera's showing up as an Alpha 700, rather than a 6000.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2275 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2015 7:48PM
You should be proud of this, you have done a good job.

By following the swing on its upward swing, your background blurs are falling diagonally, which looks a bit like rain. An interesting effect. You could say that there's no-one on the swing because the weather is bad?

I'd love to have seen some children in the background. I know it's difficult nowadays for photographers to take pictures of children, but they would have given the sense of a playground atmosphere.
But, as John says, it was the technique that was important.
However, now you've mastered that, you can start to look at your backgrounds next time.

paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2015 8:04PM
A good exercise. The pan is a standard technique regularly used in motor sport and similar events which all move in one direction. I guess the f8 has covered the slight angle with respect to sharpness.

It iscexactky the same as shooting but without the need for calculating deflection unless you have significant shutter lag.

Sooty_1 12 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2015 1:41AM
If you had serious shutter lag, and "aimed off" while panning, you'd miss the subject!

As above really....the technique requires practice, but you need to be aware of what's in (and what's about to be in) the frame. The figure is just too intrusive as it's right behind the main subject. You need to find an angle to eliminate or at least minimise intrusions in the background. Control of all elements in the shot is what we're all aiming for, and the background, as well as the extreme corners of the frame, all have a part to play.

12 Mar 2015 10:54AM
Thanks to all for your precious and informative comments. It is barely possible to avoid a disturbing background when there is only one swing and 10 people taking Pictures of it..Wink. I have added 2 modifications.. what do you think? Pamela: the weather was indeed awful and there were no children around..
TanyaH Plus
19 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2015 11:40AM
As said above, I think you've got the panning thing done and dusted! Yes, the people in the background are a bit distracting in the main image ... but the fact that the figure sitting on the bench is fiddling with what looks like a camera, their inclusion is also nicely ironic.

I personally prefer the slightly abstract quality of your two mods (the variations). No, there's not one specific point of sharp focus in either of them, but I think that's why I like them so much. They're a bit wiggly and wonky and that works for me.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2015 1:41PM
Very well done, panning is particularly difficult when, as here, the subject is moving in an arc.

Empty swings have a particular atmosphere. Where have all the children gone? A child swinging would be fun but would ask no questions. This asks questions.

I like the balance with the figures in the background, I'd love to see the swing moving across them. Compositionally, the problem is that post, and there's not a lot you could do about it as it was always going to get in the way!

I like your second mod, it's surreal. It conveys speed.

Part of the ethos of this sort of shot is that the original frame remains uncropped... But I want to try fiddling a bit - to get that pole vertical and to put greater weight on the relationship between swing and figure. Oh and I want to see this a bit darker, this is a bit flat, a bit Fifty shades of grey. I reckon a Levels tweak, just moving the inner sliders in a bit, would give much more depth.

OK I'm off to play... Smile
12 Mar 2015 2:07PM
Moira: I love it. In your modification focus on the main subject is augmented. This way it looks exactly right! For me the figures in the background are not disturbing as the theme is the "Photography Course", but the post is.
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2015 2:25PM
It's partly down to personal taste, but I like using the burn tool, set to shadows and a very low exposure setting, around 3%, on foreground detail. It has the effect both of sharpening it slightly, because you are strengthening the dark lines, and of bringing it forward, making it more immediate, tactile. Unlike sharpening it's best applied to the full size file before resizing for uploading.
Great feeling of motion and thus story telling in this shot Smile

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