This exercise entails reviewing a series of shots taken at different shutter speeds whilst panning with the camera aiming to keep the subject sharp but show different degrees of movement.
As this is a completely new technique to me, I have to say I was a bit apprehensive about how these images would turn out. Before I'd even taken a shot I had convinced myself I would fail miserably. In the end I had to force myself to get on with it - how difficult can it be after all, it's only the first chapter of the course.
Well, as I had expected, it turn out it can be quite difficult to get a great shot and I have a new admiration for professional sports photographers who make action shots look easy. In the end I'm very pleased with these images (for a first attempt).
I took the images for this exercise at the East of Scotland Cart Club in Crail, Fife with shutter speeds varying from 1/1600 of a sec to 1/60 of a sec. The camera was set to shutter priority with adjustments to aperture and exposure being made automatically.
These first 4 images were taken at the fastest shutter speeds and show no visible movement in either the carts or background.
|Fig.1 - shutter speed 1/1600|
|Fig.2 - shutter speed 1/1250|
|Fig. 3 - shutter speed 1/1000|
|Fig. 4 - shutter speed 1/800|
In the next 4 images as the shutter speeds get slower you begin to see movement in the tyres of the carts and some blurring in the background. It is more difficult to maintain a point of focus through the panning and this results in a lot of "missed" shots, almost there but just not quite right. The 4 images below were the best on the day, shot between 1/500 sec and 1/100 sec shutter speed.
|Fig. 5 - shutter speed 1/500|
|Fig. 6 - shutter speed 1/200|
|Fig.7 - shutter speed 1/125|
Fig.8. shutter speed 1/100
|Fig.9 - shutter speed 1/80 sec|
|Fig. 10 - shutter speed 1/60 sec|
Out of all the images taken for both of the shutter speed exercises, my favourite photograph has to be the image in this exercise (Fig.8) above. Knowing how difficult it was to achieve is part of the reason but, for me it is more dynamic and clearly expresses a sense of speed and movement. Due to the close crop and some blurring of both the foreground and background of the image the sense of movement feels more pronounced.