Panning is a new technique for me and I admit that my panning shots didn't pan out. I confess: I seriously underestimated how difficult this technique would be, much harder than bokeh.
However, true to the 365 challenge, it is better to participate and lose than not show up at all.
Photo #1: This photo had the best composition and colors but unfortunately I couldn't get a sharp enough focus on the objects and the downward "motion" of the background contradicts the uphill direction of the cyclists.
I don't think Photo #2 is interesting, but I'm posting it because it is the best result I got for the panning technique. The car is the most sharply focussed object I could achieve in all my attempts, the background is sufficiently blurred and the red color gives good enough contrast to the background and foreground.
I started "practicing" on Sunday, and it rained on some days this week, so altogether I think I spent 3 hours on 3 different days trying to capture. I tried different locations: next to a highway, next to a winding mountain road and finally settled in on a location closest to home where I could sit on a low wall and wait for cyclists to ride by every day after work.
After realizing just how many grey and white cars there are on the roads today, I decided to go for cyclists since their colorful tricots give a nice color contrast.
I discarded 50 or more attempts and that doesn't count the dozens of "empty" shots where the object "got away" before my shutter closed...
But I'm not giving up, I just don't know when I'll take the time to practice again. With summer coming, there will be lots of opportunities to capture motorcyclists on the curvy mountain roads.