The panning addiction

by Sabine Phb April. 11, 2021 215 views

To catch movement is the most addictive of all photography. To freeze movement of sporters, scooters and even horses one has to learn to pan a shot. I takes a lot of photo's to master this technique, and after thousands of panningshot I still I don't feel a master, in panning you're always going to stay an apprentice.

I started with scooters in Rome, where I come for work every two or three years. In my sparetime I practiced. Here on the road to the Colloseum.

The scooter in Italy is like a room in the house that they take with them when they travel.

The scooter in Italy is like a room in the house that they take with them when they travel.

After the scooters I wanted horses. They are beautiful and fast. I would edit this picture different now, but I find this flying horse magical to look at.

After some scooter I wanted to capture the suptreme athleticism of a trackhorse.

After some scooter I wanted to capture the suptreme athleticism of a trackhorse.

On my travels I always find something to pan. These skaters made my day by showing off their skills as I was trying to get them in my shot.

In New York skateboarders came by like harmless pirates of the road.

In New York skateboarders came by like harmless pirates of the road.

I think I made more than a 1000 shots before I got my best result. Years later again in Rome, the best place for panning shots.

The passing screaming red lights and this frozen man on his scooter with a wheelchair made my night.

The passing screaming red lights and this frozen man on his scooter with a wheelchair made my night.

I will always love panning but it requires a special focus that can hardly be called social behaviour. So I try to contain the addiction, but sometimes when I have my camera and I'm on the streets I can't help myself as the addiction takes control.

This is a typical dutch streetscene. Rain, bike en shopping.

This is a typical dutch streetscene. Rain, bike en shopping.

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Hilary Halliwell 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Very cool shots, and such vibrant colors!

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Sabine Phb Replied to Hilary Halliwell 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Thanks Hilary! I like that you like the colors!

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Chuck Staruch 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Love it! Awesome shots!!
Just the other day I tried panning some vehicles driving past my home. Let's just say I had to send them to the big recycle bin.
Thanks for the tips and I will have another go at it!smile

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 weeks, 6 days ago

It is a question of forgiving yourself all the faillures and complimenting yourself excessively with a good shot. Have fun!

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Olga Helys 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thanks for these tips for panning photo Sabine
I'll try it!

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Olga Helys 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Have fun trying!

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Olga Helys Replied to Sabine Phb 3 weeks, 6 days ago

thanks Sabine smile

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Rachele Schneekloth 3 weeks, 6 days ago

These are amazing! You have inspired me to give it a try! What do I need to know?

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Sabine Phb Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 3 weeks, 6 days ago

You keep your ISO as low as possible, your aperture as high as necessary to get a decent shot at 1/30 or bolder 1/15 (that’s hard to get right). In very bright weather a NC-filter could come in handy. Then you prepare yourself for a lot of shots (a lot, lot!) that didn’t work out. Keep your body and arms as stabile as possible (you could use a tripod) and wait for something to drive, fly by. 
At first you won’t get good results because you have to find out how fast you’ll have to move the camera in line with the action you’re trying to capture. Start with big things like cars (also they don’t complain) and then choose your subject. People can complain (you are shooting them without consent) but that can be prohibited by standing besides a streetobject (advertisement, lantern, other people) the passengers won’t see your action from far away and they hardly notice your camera-action that way. And as I am writing this I’m starting to question my integrity :)
Have fun and maybe you can show some results!
You can work with AFC or M. Depends if you have a fixed spot in mind or not. It is easier if you don’t have to focus and also concentrate on your movements.

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Rachele Schneekloth Replied to Sabine Phb 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you Sabine! I'm going to tive it a try. The few times I tried it without consent the subject seemed very happy to be a part of the experiment! I appreciate the technical tips.

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 3 weeks, 6 days ago

No problem and have fun!

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Adrian Morris 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Nice pics.

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Adrian Morris 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank Adrian!

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Berckmans Peter 3 weeks, 6 days ago

These are very good results. Something I not do much.

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Weird to see that here my reply went missing too. Thanks for commenting and try it, it is totally fun to do!

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Benny Law 4 weeks ago

Nice shots. Like them all (maybe except #3).

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Sabine Phb Replied to Benny Law 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you for liking the shots, the skaters were totally fun though:)

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Camellia Staab 4 weeks ago

#5 is perfect in my opinion but I also like #4 because to me it looks like back curtain flash even though it is not. And then there is #1....he is so stiff and perfect while the world around him flies by. Excellent! 😀

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Sabine Phb Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you Camelia for you nice comments. I liked that you made a ranking!

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Paul Moreau Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Agree about 5. In a lovely collection it really stands out. Not only does it 'pop' really well, the technique does not dominate but serves to focus on a subject who is perfectly expressing the feeling of cycling through rain. A very human photo.

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
Sabine Phb Replied to Paul Moreau 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thank you Paul for this wonderful comment. It makes my day :)

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James Featherby 4 weeks ago

Some good shots Sabine, a trick I've never really tried. Well done.

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Sabine Phb Replied to James Featherby 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Thanks for the comment. I can’t recommend the trick though, it will make you an addict :)

3 weeks, 6 days ago Edited
James Featherby Replied to Sabine Phb 3 weeks, 6 days ago

smile

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