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    My first panning pictures

    I couldn't let everybody else have all the fun. I was out and about today on another mission and suddenly saw an opportunity for some panning. I started off on a bridge leaning back on the railing and photographing cars on the other side. I then walked down the road a bit. Sorry, no horses available. All with AI Servo on, single point spot AF.

    The striking thing, as Ted says, is that the angular speed of the panning increases as the car come toward you. It is actually inversely proportional to the square of the distance of the car from the camera. 'This makes it difficult to keep the focus point exactly on the same point of the car especially at the crucial time when it is going past. I also found it difficult to remember to follow through with the panning.

    1. 1/30 f22 ISO 160

    My first panning pictures
    056A4401pan1 by tonyw36, on Flickr

    2. 1/30 f22 ISO 160

    My first panning pictures
    056A4408pan2 by tonyw36, on Flickr

    3. 1/30 f22 ISO 125

    My first panning pictures
    056A4416pan3 by tonyw36, on Flickr

    4. 1/60 f22 ISO 1000 The truck was going quite slowly because it had just turned on to the road.

    My first panning pictures
    056A4422pan4 by tonyw36, on Flickr

    5. 1/60 f22 ISO 1600

    My first panning pictures
    056A4427pan5 by tonyw36, on Flickr

    6. 1/60 f22 1000

    My first panning pictures
    056A4428pan6 by tonyw36, on Flickr

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    Re: My first panning pictures

    Hi Tony,

    I think these are great. #1 and #3 show great focus and streaks/blur in the background.

    Thank you for joining me in on all the fun, (NOT )

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    Re: My first panning pictures

    First one is the best of the set....i think half of any body is not good for panning.....

    Regards

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    Re: My first panning pictures

    Took another look and I think that first image is pretty incredible...

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    Re: My first panning pictures

    Thanks Christina and Nandakumar. I think I fluked a good background with the first three. I could have safely zoomed out to help keep them all (except the truck) in the frame.

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    Re: My first panning pictures

    Hi Tony,

    Good series and great to see others interested in this fun challenge started off by Christina. You are lucky in that you seem to have a tidier selection of cars and smoother roads than we have here

    It seems your drivers there are oblivious to people at the side of the road aiming cameras at them whereas here it was a novelty judging by the looks, smiles and waves I received.

    Since I had a go at this last week I have found out that we have a local car club that undertakes sprints on an old airstrip some forty minutes drive from me so I'm going to investigate when their next event is to try some faster speeds.

    Grahame

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