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Discussion in 'General Gallery' started by markc, May 2, 2004.

  1. markc

    markc TPF Noob!

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    It was my turn to go to the autocross, today. I pretty much shot all from the same place, mainly because I was only there to practice my panning. I manged to get some shots at 1/30 that I'm really proud of. Next time out I'll talk to the safety steward to see if he give me a spotter so I can go out to some of the more interesting vantige points on the course. Took me a little while to get the hang of it. I shot over 100 images.

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    you know what i'd like to amount to?
    a speed-demon

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    kool shots
     
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    i couldn't make it out to rochacha today for the autox unfortunately. Very nice shots! I wish i could've had my shutter speed that slow. Very nice pics! i can't wait to get more practice :)
     
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    markc TPF Noob!

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    Just for completeness sake...
    I posted more in a gallery.
     
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    Excellent in every way!!! If I was to play devil's advocate I would say; why not shoot theses during the magic hour?
     
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    markc TPF Noob!

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    Heh. Because everyone's gone home! :p

    And thanks! :D
     
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    karissa The Untitled

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    Ok, so I see people do this but how do you keep the subject in focus? :shock:
     
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    Very nice shots, Mark! :D

    And as to keeping the subject in focus, it's more a dof thing, really. You have to have a pretty small aperture to get the shutterspeed slow enough to blur the background.

    Then you get the car in focus and follow it down the street. Press the shutter, remembering to keep moving the camera afterwards, or else you just have a blurry mess. Most people use a monopod or tripod to help make sure they only have horizontal motion and no vertical shake.

    Mark can probably give a much more complete explanation of panning, since he is obviously very proficient!
     
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    markc TPF Noob!

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    A monopod would be a very good idea. I wish I had one! :p
    I was pretty amazed at how well they turned out, if I do say so myself. I used between 1/90 and 1/30 of a second, though the good ones are all at 1/30. For those the aperture was f22, the smallest my lens can go, otherwise I would have tried even slower speeds just for grins.

    You pretty much covered it, drlynn. Basically, you pick a spot on the moving object that you try to keep the center of the lens on, and then while the camera is moving, hit the shutter, all the while keeping the lens trained on that spot. The background blurs because it's moving relative to the lens, but the object stays relatively sharp since it isn't moving relative to the lens. It's like if you took a picture of a person while you were both on a carousel, with you in the center and the friend at the outer rim. The difference here is that you don't have a floor you both are standing on to make sure you are moving at the same speed, so you have to move the camera yourself to get the same effect.
     
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    manda instigator of pottymouthedness

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    You really suck at this photography thing.
     
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    markc TPF Noob!

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    I know. I've been considering becoming a gigolo instead.
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The autocross is totally not my thing, but these images are technically right on the money. You did a superb job here! Really well done. Give yourself a pat on the back and feel proud. :D
     

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