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By Gary_Williams  
This shot is probably my from last from my recent weekend at Brand Hatch

Taken at the top of Druids, this guy had just won his race and was on the cool down lap. The aim of this shot was a reasonable fast pan, at a slowish shutter speed to great the blurred background, and keep some movement in the wheels.

As always extract as much from the RAW images as possible and then into Photoshop CS2:

A slight crop, a bit of selective adjustment of the levels by using chanel masks and here you have the results.

Exposure: 1/60s @ f/16

Comments, critiques or mods welcome...
Have a happy Monday...

Tags: Sports and action

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Atlas 19 621 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2005 8:41AM
Excellent work with the panning Gary, overall a great image ☼☼☼☼☼

tull 19 181 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2005 10:00AM
Brilliant sense of speed and motion Gary,well panned and captured.

sugarbird 18 223 South Africa
19 Sep 2005 10:15AM
Superb, just learning the RAW process now..what a difference on quality..

Davidmet 17 209 1 England
19 Sep 2005 10:26AM
Wonderful feeling of speed but maintaining great detail and clarity...Nice work indeed. Clickkkkk
PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
19 Sep 2005 10:39AM
The thumb makes it look like just some regular shot, but the quality really shows on the bigger version!
blackett 18 18
19 Sep 2005 11:38AM
Great pic, 1/60th is very hard to achieve, excellent results. Ian.
firzhugh 17 13 New Zealand
19 Sep 2005 1:33PM
i like the movement and energy in this shot. great capture
glazzaro 17 70 23 United States
19 Sep 2005 3:06PM
Well done, you have captured the sense of movement and maintained the detail! Spot on! Click!!!

daffydill56 18 190 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2005 10:29PM
Really shows the sense of spead whilst maintaing the sharpness of the car. Nice work.

MoWiz 17 114 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2005 10:35PM
great capture, good bit of panning, well done
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2005 10:48PM
Cheers everyone; Patrick, yeah I guess the thumbnail looks a bit ordinary, plus the subject isn't a winner for all, but hey we got a few takers.

Ian, switched off the IS on the lens and kept going. Although my success rate was limited, and to be honest there were a couple of better panning shots, but I liked this one because of the drivers arm.

Jill, well anyone, shoot in Raw, you may not be able to make the most of the shot now, but you probably regret it later.

Thanks again everyone - something different next I think - but I've a couple of mod's of other peoples work in the pipeline first...
richijenkin 18 70 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2005 12:49AM
spot on!!!
joko 18 1 Bulgaria
20 Sep 2005 12:52AM
Excellent action shot. You've caught the speed very well. Excellent work.

Psin 16 66 England
20 Sep 2005 1:06AM
I am off to Brands Hatch at the end of the month for the Touring cars finale.
If i can get a result half as good as this i will be well chuffed.

20 Sep 2005 2:58AM
Excellent Gary.
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2005 3:23AM

If you're off to Brands, have fun, great circuit. This shot, and the one before where shot inside Druids. I notice you're using a 350D - best lens would be a 70-200mm, I'd left my one at home! My 100-400 was a bit big, but it did bag 'The office'.

Don't forget lots of memory, and plenty of batteries; you won't be disappointed. Look forward to seeing the results.
samartini 17 16
20 Sep 2005 4:21AM
Excellent panning shot, especially considering the shutter speed. Great sense of speed portrayed here...
Psin 16 66 England
20 Sep 2005 8:44AM
I'm so looking forward to it. I have a 55-200mm that should do the job.

clintnewsham 17 121 1 England
20 Sep 2005 9:12AM
a cracking shot,nice bit of panning

click clint
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2005 10:24AM
Scott, Clint - thanks very much.

Pete - the 55-200 will be excellent, and it's an excellent race circuit too - have a doughnut for me Smile
highlander 18 32 Scotland
20 Sep 2005 11:20AM
Another cracker Gary, you panned it beautifully to get all the right effects. Well done.
tull 19 181 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2005 11:39AM
Thanks for the mod Gary,really adds to the atmosphere may I ask how you did it?

Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2005 1:09AM
Mark, You should have the PSD by now (unfortunately it was 4mb zipped), if you don't I'll put it up on a bit of web-space and you can pull it from there.


21 Sep 2005 4:46AM
perfect timing. and shutter speed beautiful quality..just love the artistic way every thing is portioned.. sand track and grass l must brave and learn raw..


terry_cavner 17 332 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2005 6:52AM
Excellent Capture
User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
21 Sep 2005 8:55PM
super shot!
tartanlady 18 58 Scotland
22 Sep 2005 12:10AM
This is so good Gary, you timed this one to perfection.
Well done.
Portknockie 17 48 Scotland
22 Sep 2005 2:34AM
We it worked out well..timing and panning all came together for a great shot..Smile

acbeat 17 14 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2005 4:52AM
superb panning .andy b
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
22 Sep 2005 8:18AM
Great sense of movement and speed within the shot!

kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
22 Sep 2005 11:27AM
great pan shot as you say
davidbailie 19 457 7 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2005 1:30PM
Hello Gary

Excellent all round geat sense of pace and energy

Been more lax than normal - still racing around Utah/Arizona - busy with the trigger finger Smile

StevenPrice 17 30 2 England
1 Oct 2005 12:19PM
superb shot really well panned.
cathal 17 492 4 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2005 3:37PM
Good image, good pan and lots of movement in the wheels... like it!

19 Oct 2005 3:23PM
Excellent panning!
Gavin 17 17
8 Jan 2006 2:29AM
Catches the mood of the moment

cadman359 16 3
19 Jul 2007 12:59PM
wow great panning and feel to this great work !

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