52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog

Week 51 #31 Panning


Looking back through my almost a years worth of photos I found one shot I took at the Manatee County Fair earlier this year that fit this weeks theme “Panning”. At this stage of my shooting skills I know my camera was in Auto mode, so for me to catch this shot was pure luck. The ultimate goal is to get the person or thing in focus while the surrounding scenes are out of focus. It is harder than it looks.



ISO 100 Focal length 48 mm Aperture f/10 Shutter speed 1/250


This morning I had the opportunity to practice a little more and set my camera to the correct settings. I caught this sporty BMW driving downtown. Its not crystal clear but, now that I have the hang of it I am looking forward to looking for more “Panning” opportunites in the future.



ISO 100 Focal length 16mm Aperture f/22 Shutter speed 1/25



Author: CarolynEliason

I have always enjoyed photography, but with encouragemet from family and friends over the past several years I began to realize I really love it! Belonging to this blog and a local digital photo group has challenged me to look at the beauty of the world and to enjoy capturing it with my camera.

10 thoughts on “Week 51 #31 Panning

  1. I love that first picture Carolyn. Well done.

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  2. Panning is not just getting the rest out of focus but that it shows motion. Too fast a shutter speed may capture the subject stopped, but it does not truly show the motion/speed in the background. The car is an example of panning. You now have the idea / concepts and practice will start to make it easier.

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  3. See you can do it, and quite well. Gary

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  4. Now to the race cars — Good job!

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  5. Great images. I like the first one. I thought you could also use panning to create abstract shots where all is out of focus and how you interpret it is up to your imagination. Sorry if I got it wrong!

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  6. That car is great – you get the feeling of speed – I LOVE panning photos – I mean SEEING the great results – I’m still finding it difficult but its so effective once you capture it.

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