Thursday, December 1, 2011

FSO: Panning

Sorry Rebecca, this is the best I can do, and I don't thing I am getting right. (I do have a panning for gold photo)

Double Takes With Rebecca: Panning
No, I am not referring to panning for gold,
but that would be exciting!
I am referring to capturing the feeling of motion
in your still photo.

Here is the Wikipedia description:
In still photography, the panning technique is used to suggest fast motion, and bring out the subject from other elements in the frame. In photographic pictures it is usually noted by a foreground subject in action appearing still (i.e. a runner frozen in mid-stride) while the background is streaked and/or skewed in the apparently opposite direction of the subject's travel.

I took the photo below from a ferry.
I steadied myself along the edge of the ferry
and using a slower shutter speed
I followed the jet ski as it passed
with my camera.

You can see the splash is blurred
as is the water -
caused by the slower shutter speed,
Yet the action of the
jet ski seems stopped -
cause by following it with the camera.

If I had a second chance,
I would have slowed down the shutter speed some more.
But they were not aware of my pleas to circle around again!

Here is a great way to practice...
as long as you don't get too dizzy.
Go to a playground with one of those spinny rides.
I don't know what they are called,
but you push them and they go round and round.

Sit on one side,
have someone sit opposite of you.
Keep your camera steady by bracing your elbows against yourself.
Spin the ride and snap your photos.

Here is an example.
Note the blurred background from spinning


diane b said...

You have to move the camera at the same speed as the moving object. Se "Sydney Eye" blog. JJulie has one of a bike , it is an excellent example.
Keep trying like me.

Marja said...

I don't know much about all these things but it sounds interesting

Ginny Hartzler said...

You did a really good job with this picture!!! Reading the rest of this has made me quite dizzy!! Ha ha!!