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Really cool 3-D…

Posted: November 12, 2011 in photography

Really cool 3-D street art photos: leon keer’s photostream http://flic.kr/ps/ErTVY

Panning

Posted: September 14, 2008 in Bicycle Racing, motorsports, photography

I’m not talking about panning for gold either.

Often I see people on photography forums ask about how to shoot fast moving cars or bicycles. Their initial notion is to use a very fast shutter speed to capture the action. Unfortunately, there are few times when this is the best way to capture a racing car or bicycle. A fast shutter speed freezes everything in the photo and it looks like the subject is standing still — not a great way to convey a sense of speed.

The technique called panning is a method for keeping the subject (car or cyclist) sharp while blurring the background and the wheels. In my opinion, it’s the blurring of the wheels that creates as much of a sense of motion as having the background blurred.


Copyright 2008 © Cleaveran O. Law

Since I am such a great believer in re-use (not re-inventing the wheel), I’ll refer you to a couple of web sites that have a good explanation of panning:

Panning In Motorsport Photography

Mastering Panning – Photographing Moving Subjects

The technique in the first link is closest to my own. A couple of points to emphasize from that article are Rotation and Release Point and Shutter Speed. It is very important to position your body so that you are facing where you want the subject when you release the shutter and you want to make sure that you follow through after you release the shutter. If your body is “twisted” at the shutter release point you run the risk of having vertical movement and camera blur on your photo. Also, when you start learning the technique, use a slightly higher shutter speed and work your way down. It can be very frustrating to get a lot of blurred shots your first time out when shooting too low a shutter speed.

One last point on shutter speed. I have seen numerous articles on panning that suggest shutter speeds as low as 1/15 sec with many suggesting 1/30 sec. Most of the photos that I see with those shutter speeds have great blurring of the background but I also see too much blurring of the subject. The might be a great way to create a speed effect but it’s not a great way to capture the cyclist or car.

I’ll leave you with one last panning shot with a slightly different perspective.


Copyright 2008 © Cleaveran O. Law


I went to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands with my in-laws the day after Christmas. It was my first extended visit since they restored the inlet to the Pacific Ocean and I was very pleasantly surprised to see how well the restoration went.

The breeding grounds for birds was greatly expanded and the paths were improved. Even though it was mid-day and cold (for Southern California), there many wonderful species of birds on the “grounds.”

So, at times, local government, big business, and environmental activists can reach enough common ground to make the world a bit better for our children.

The longest running bicycle race in southern California is the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Warm sunshine and cool ocean breezes make this one of the best attended races (racers and spectators) in the United States.

This year the racers behaved themselves better as the grinding of metal, carbon fiber, and bodies on asphalt was kept to a minimum. No one was able to break away in any of the races so the lycra-clad gladiators (and gladiatresses?) jockeyed for position in the last 300 meters between turn 4 and the finish line.

The big race of the day, the professional men, came down to who could lay down the most wattage after 1-1/2 hours at 30 MPH. Toyota United ruled the day.

One of my vices is my passion for motorsports. It’s a passion that I largely satisfy in front of the tube, satiated only by the exhaust cacophony emanating from my surround-sound system. However, my inability to frequent the race track only heightens my experience during my rare visits. My body vibrates and the part of my brain connected to my olfactory nerves relishes in the fumes of dead dinosaurs.

I found a solitary spot on the circuit (that was flooded with humanity) where one could see the cars above the protective fencing. Clear shots of the cars as they enter the turn, braking hard, then, under full throttle, accelerating down the long back straight. Fun at the Long Beach Grand Prix.

Posting on Forums

Posted: December 14, 2005 in photography

Saw this funny link on this photography forum that I visit daily.

In addition, you should count to ten and take a deep breath before you click the send or post button.