Panning – Assignment 2

This week’s composition focus was a technique called panning.  Panning requires the photographer to focus on a subject in motion, following the moving subject with the camera.  The motion of the camera produces a blurred background while keeping the subject in focus.  To produce these images, my class and I went to Retiro Park to capture bikers, rollerbladers, runners, and cars.  Though it was a cloudy day and unusually quiet, we were still able to try our new technique.

To achieve a panning photo, we altered our shutter speeds to find which captured the clearest images.  With a range from 1 second to 1/60 of a second, we found that the best panning photos were taken at around 1/15 of a second.  We also realized that this technique is more effective when using fast-moving subjects.  Though not your everyday photo composition strategy, panning can be used to capture an event in a creative way.

Below are some of my panning shots at differing shutter speeds, varying in clarity.


Shutter speed: 1 second



Shutter speed: 1/5 of a second




Shutter speed: 1/10 of a second



Shutter speed: 1/20 of a second



Shutter speed: 1/30 of a second


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