I don't know about you guys, but I am always surrounding myself with all things photography. One of the big ones is all the blogs I read/follow about 80 blogs, and they are all over the map, including: food shooters, wedding photogs, portrait artists, wildlife, landscape, HDSLR videographers, event shooters, and sports photographers. I tell you this because this shot was inspired by a auto racing shooter that I follow named Darren Heath His work is stunning and really brings an artist side to a RPM based sport, and as an artist and huge race fan, I am always impressed!
But, anyway, he does a lot of cool, slower shutter panning shots with the cars that I just love and I suddenly thought, "why can't I try that with these birds I have been shooting lately??" SO last night I went out to try and capture the eagle baby, but to also work on this new type of shot! What a fun time! To have a new and unknown technique to try out was really refreshing, but man was it hard!! If you haven't done it, getting BIF(Birds in Flight) shots by panning is hard enough, but throw in a slow shutter and man did my delete file get huge!! I played around with shutters and f/stops for awhile, and finally ended up at F/22 and 1/50th of a second, which considering I was shooting at 300+mm is really short!! That was part of the problem actually, these GBH actually fly pretty darn slow, which made it even harder!!
So, if you don't, maybe you should start to follow all sorts of photographers, evenones that don't shoot what you do, and you might find some great inspiration for your next shot, or even a technique to try to further enhance your skill set!