Here are a few images from yesterday. This is only my 3rd or 4th try at slow panning so not quite perfect but I think this set shows a definite improvement over the first two sets.
I am striving to achieve sharp focus on part of the horse, ideally the horses head... a strong sense of motion and a blurred streaky background (because the background at the race track is distracting and full of ugly objects) I am also trying for blurry moving legs but the amount of acceptable blur seems very subjective.
This time around I used shutter speed priority set at a SS of 40, iso 280-320 (320 is a safe iso for me) and the camera choose an aperture of F32. In my usual manual mode I would have chosen F4-F8 but the background is still blurry so I guess it works.
I tried to pan from 0 to 180 degrees as has been suggested but the full pan was not always possible, ie; lost focus because of objects and people in the way, and just the set up of the track. I also tried single shot auto focus, with a single pan, but just once because it didn't work for me (at all), so I switched back to continuous focus.
When there is more than one horse it seems impossible to manage focus on all of them. So I just did my best to get as much focus as possible.
I would appreciate some C&C on these images including which ones are the better images. Thank you.
#4 ( Focus problems in all of the remaining images but I kind of like these for the action and the sense of motion, and it is hard to know how much needs to be in focus for these types of shots)