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Old Apr 7, 2008, 6:18 PM   #11
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When I do panning I use 1/30sec with a short lens like a 50mm and go up to half the focal length of what ever lens you decide to use with longer lenses.

Camera shake is magnified by longer lenses just like the image is for what that is worth.

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Old Apr 7, 2008, 8:11 PM   #12
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Again, thanks for the continuing tips and tricks!

Dawg: Got it re. AS. Unfortunately (or fortunately), my DL does not have AS.

Tom: I suspected as much that a longer focal length would magnify camera shake. I'll have to try some different subjects at closer range with a shorter focal length. Withairport security being what it is, I cannot get any closer to the aircraft on the main runway.

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Again, thanks for the continuing tips and tricks!

Dawg: Got it re. AS. Unfortunately (or fortunately), my DL does not have AS.

Tom: I suspected as much that a longer focal length would magnify camera shake. I'll have to try some different subjects at closer range with a shorter focal length. Withairport security being what it is, I cannot get any closer to the aircraft on the main runway.

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Old Apr 7, 2008, 8:47 PM   #14
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Jelpee,

I haven't shot slow speed panning shots much for years but when I did the key technique was to practice a smooth even follow through. I always got my best results when I tracked completely through the release of the shutter. For example you might pan 50% of your arc prior to shutter release and 50% after.

The second item has already been mentioned and that is to keep the shutter speed fairly slow and turn of SR. I usually got my best results at no higher than 1/30 of a second depending on relative subject speed. The subject might not be perfectly sharp but the contrast between the subject and the background gave the appearance of sharpenss.

The third suggestion is to use a panning head tripod as this eliminates the vertical camera motion. This of course works best if your are photographing motion without increasing elevation.

Good luck, I think your shots are quite credible, especially for a first attempt.

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I haven't shot slow speed panning shots much for years but when I did the key technique was to practice a smooth even follow through. I always got my best results when I tracked completely through the release of the shutter. For example you might pan 50% of your arc prior to shutter release and 50% after.
The second item has already been mentioned and that is to keep the shutter speed fairly slow and turn of SR. I usually got my best results at no higher than 1/30 of a second depending on relative subject speed. The subject might not be perfectly sharp but the contrast between the subject and the background gave the appearance of sharpenss.

The third suggestion is to use a panning head tripod as this eliminates the vertical camera motion. This of course works best if your are photographing motion without increasing elevation.

Good luck, I think your shots are quite credible, especially for a first attempt.

Mike
Another good suggestion Mike! I guess like a golf swing, the set-up,impact , and follow-through can make a big difference. Also, using my mono-pod helped with maintaing the horizontal plane.

With all these suggestions, I'm excited to give it another try. I may skip the airport and just try some traffic instead where I can use a shorter lens. Thanks again to all!

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