A Man, His Dog and the Car

This isn’t really about a Man, his dog and the car at all but rather its all about a technique called Panning. Now panning isn’t really that hard to achieve at all and its a lot of fun trying this technique out.

So the idea with the panning technique is to try and capture motion or give the image a feel of motion, for example the car above was travelling about 50 – 60 km/h (30-40 mph). Instead of using a high shutter speed, use a slow shutter speed. The high shutter speed will freeze everything including the background and the woman in the foreground which is what you don’t want. By using a slow shutter speed and focusing on just the speeding object, in this case the car, everything except the car is blurred.

To be best positioned to attempt this technique you need to ensure that there are no street signs or shrubs in your field of view. You also need to position yourself in a safe spot to avoid being inadvertently being run over by an unseen car.

Unfortunately I deleted the images whilst trying to free up some space on my hard drive and I am unable to obtain the metadata for these images but from memory they were taken at the following settings on Full Manual:

Shutter Speed: 80

Aperture: F16

ISO: 100

White Balance: Auto

Now don’t be put off if at first you don’t succeed, try again or get a group of friends together and practice together. It can be a lot of fun and please remember your personal safety when doing this, stand on the footpath and shoot with a clear line of sight to the car.

Would love to hear your thoughts on how you went, and if you like, post a link to your photos because I would love to see them.

Happy Shooting.

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