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Old Mar 1, 2010, 2:51 PM   #1
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Default Sand Drags - Glamis

Here is a picture I took at the Sand drags in Glamis. I have been working on my action shots.

I am worried that the car is a tad blurry. I still have some work to do =)
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 3:44 PM   #2
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Great Action shot, panning spot on !!!
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 3:52 PM   #3
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Same here, wonderful action shot... not something easily done.... wow.

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Old Mar 1, 2010, 3:52 PM   #4
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i think it looks quite nice too. good panning for such a fast moving subject and you did impart the sense of speed quite well.
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Old Mar 1, 2010, 4:30 PM   #5
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Wow!! Thank you everyone. I think I am too hard on myself.

I took a lot of others and they came out ok. Panning is tough and these cars haul. This was actually one the fastest cars out there so I was very surprised when I saw this shot kind of came out.
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Old Mar 4, 2010, 4:43 PM   #6
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Panning with slow shutter speeds is not easy, as you are finding out by the sounds of it, however this looks like a nice shot and great background blur.

When I'm panning to get the subject sharp I will always select a specific part of the subject to concentrate on. I then maintain this in the same part of the viewfinder at all times which helps to give more consistency. For example if you are shooting an event where generally the cars have a number on the drivers door, having the front of the number just below the centre point usually gives a pleasing composition with the car slightly back in the frame. Another option is to use a door mirror and again go for the centre point but with it just in front (this is all general as each car is of different dimensions but hopefully gives a guide). Anything that you can easily recognise and keep centred will make your task easier. As soon as you start looking around the viewfinder to confirm framing you are out of luck as you lose the positioning, just get the focal length set so you have the framing you want (quite tight but a bit of room to breathe usually works) and then trust that you will get the subject in.

If you have some more then would be good to see them too.

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Old Mar 5, 2010, 4:25 PM   #7
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