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Panning Adam's 350Z

Another panning shot. This is probably the favorite of the series. The vignetting I believe is from the lens. At this point in the game I'm still not doing any retouching in Photoshop / Lightroom (simply b/c I don't have the software).


No tripod, no Image Stabilization. This was a 1/6 second exposure, all done by hand. Well, 10mm probably helps. My Dad passed down this technique for panning:


Start with legs shoulder width apart, in mabu or "horse stance" from martial arts. Hold the camera steady with both hands, use a reference point in the viewfinder and "lock" that onto your target. Now, pivot your body from your waist and track the target. Try to fire when the target is directly in front of you, and follow through on your motion. Also, start breathing out when you track your target, and hold your breath while you fire. (Rifle shooters should also know this trick quite well).


Doing so allows for a very stable panning platform. Your body gets used to the panning speed and your upper torso has quite a bit of inertia that keeps a smooth motion while you're panning, while your locked upper arms eliminate any camera shaking.


Your mileage may vary, but it works for me :-)


Strobist: There were 3 Flashes - 1 580EXII, 1 580EX, and 1 430EX - all on M1/1. They were hidden behind a concrete pillar and set to nuke the car, and fired on rear-curtain sync via my Multimax.

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Taken on October 6, 2007