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Old 24-02-2008, 22:01   #46
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You don't need to wait for trackdays to practise panning of course. Just find a vantage point over a public road where you don't stick out like a sore thumb too much and you can have hours of fun
Thats what i was like. I went to a trackday and too over a 100 shots, just practiced all day!

Got the hang of it now like!
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Old 24-02-2008, 22:18   #47
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Panning does take a little practise

Basic points for a panning shot with plenty of motion blur on a DSLR (just for those who stumble across this thread in the future) ...
  • Use shutter priority (TV) mode
  • Slow the shutter speed down to > 1/125 sec (vary dependent upon speed of car and amount of blur required. Some of the cars above were only moving at 40mph-ish, but a shutter speed of 1/60 sec gives plenty of motion blur even at that speed without making it too difficult to keep the subject in focus.
  • Try to position yourself so that you are at a relatively constant distance from the subject as you pan.
  • Follow the car smoothly, and shoot continuously (servo mode). Not all of the shots will be usable, but you should find a fair number of keepers that way
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Most panning shots go wrong when you stop panning as soon as you've released the shutter; It's best to "follow through" (no rude comments now), even after you've released. You'll get a much smoother blur.

Try the timing method: Follow the car coming toward the lens, then start a count: 1, 2, 3, click, 2, 3, just like dancing : follow, click, follow.
Takes a bit of practice, but worth the effort.


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Old 01-03-2008, 23:21   #49
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Do any of you photo gurus on here use flickr? I might set up an MLR group?
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Never used Flickr myself; good idea

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Do any of you photo gurus on here use flickr? I might set up an MLR group?

I'm starting to use it, but not a 'photo guru'.
Know some keen (amateur) photographers who think it works well.

Setting up an MLG group on there seems like a good idea.
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I'm starting to use it, but not a 'photo guru'.
Know some keen (amateur) photographers who think it works well.

Setting up an MLG group on there seems like a good idea.
Right well i have set a group up on there.... called MLR. Surprisingly.

Click on the following link and it should be at the top of the page:

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For those of you that like taking photos, whether it be of cars or women or random stuff like poo i recommend joining www.flickr.com and becoming a pro member. You get lots of photo storage space etc. Check it out.
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OK, I'm in on the Flickr thing.

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OK, I'm in on the Flickr thing.
Hi guys over the last coulpe of years i have been attending the MLR meets and posting up loads of shots ,just had a look at Flickr seems a great idea.i have also been reading what methods are used to obtain certain shots and i cannot agree more its loads of practice what is needed ,also dont worry if you **** up cos thats the fun of it some of my bad shots are other peoples idea of fantastic pics .........Steve
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Just been taking a look at some of the photo's, and some of them realy are profesional quality, im tempted to get my old film slr out and have a play with that.

hopefully will be able to get some good photo's following the advice on here.

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a couple of shots from the 30-130 day

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a couple of shots from the 30-130 day
Nice

Noticed how slow the shutter speed is for that static shot Simon. Did you use the monopod for that?
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3 from a little track in Japan called Tsukuba , all handheld,monopods are a 50/50 choice really, some swear by them, some dont! I thought Id need 1 but Ive never used it yet, more comfortable doing track shots handheld. Only time Id use a support would be for feature shots or a VERY long exposure as I can just about manage to do 1 second exposures handheld
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3 from a little track in Japan called Tsukuba, all handheld,monopods are a 50/50 choice really, some swear by them, some dont! I thought Id need 1 but Ive never used it yet, more comfortable doing shots handheld
Hi Ed

It isn't obvious from Simon's shots how *dark* it was at Marham! The rather moody shot below will give you some idea. I was really impressed with his results considering the conditions.

Think he said that he also emptied an 8GB card a couple of times on the day though Playing with a wide range of settings across that many images sounds like a good plan when the light is really crap.

It's good to see the professionals at work
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Man I wish I'd kept my 30D!

Great results chaps!! Flikr is v good!
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