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A failed pan.

Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:08 pm

We live near an abandoned cranberry bog that is protected from development; a pair of red tail hawks will often perch and peer. I took one shot and as I was framing to take the second, it launched across the bog. I have never tried to pan before. Fortunately, for some provident reason, I had it on shutter priority. Well, maybe the blur suggests speed. Maybe it will return. Maybe not. Life is like that. The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh a way, the Lord wanteth a receipt. Matt


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Post by Psjunkie » Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:35 pm

1 and 2 I like Matt....maybe 3 will grow on me.

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Post by LindaShorey » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:13 pm

Good panning practice and definitely the sense of speed - not to mention difficulties of auto-focus on fast flying birds.
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Post by PietFrancke » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:43 pm

my favorite bird, like an owl in that it is still beautiful and interesting when just perched.

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Post by Matt Quinn » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:36 pm

Frank, Linda, Piet, Many thanks for looking and commenting. Matt
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Post by davechinn » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:14 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:08 pm
We live near an abandoned cranberry bog that is protected from development; a pair of red tail hawks will often perch and peer. I took one shot and as I was framing to take the second, it launched across the bog. I have never tried to pan before. Fortunately, for some provident reason, I had it on shutter priority. Well, maybe the blur suggests speed. Maybe it will return. Maybe not. Life is like that. The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh a way, the Lord wanteth a receipt. Matt



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Hawk perched is an excellent image Matt !!! Panning birds in flight (BIF) can be difficult to track. Even other subjects, such as fast moving cars, motorcycles, etc. Once you have locked focus, panning can have a very effective & nice results. I wouldn't consider this to be a complete failure. Consider Babe Ruth's strike outs verses home runs.

As Ruth went about redefining the means of success in baseball, he also redefined failure. With his reputation as the King of Home Runs came the title of the King of Strikeouts. Alongside his 714 career home runs stood a legacy of 1,330 strikeouts.
I do believe this would also apply to us photographers as well.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:08 pm

As you know, panning is hard. Shutter priority is the way to go because you need to have a shutter that is slow enough to blur the background but that is entirely relative to the speed of the target. A fast moving bird might still need a faster shutter than, say, a passing bicycle, but it depends. The main thing I know about panning (beyond that it's a crap shoot sometimes) is follow through, like a golfer. You may already know this, and if so I apologize, but the single biggest trick to panning is to follow through at the same speed after tripping the shutter. There is a natural tendency to want to fire and stop, but if you do you will probably get a high percentage of failures. You pick up the target, pan with him, fire, but don't hesitate, keep panning with him. If you hadn't heard that, try it with just about anything moving, and play with different shutter speeds to see how low you can go before the subject smears as well. You can make a kid on a Big Wheel look like he's cornering at Le Mans. (Y)
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Post by minniev » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:54 pm

My hat's off to you for trying! And you're close! I have never had a panning result worth even discussing. Keep at it, and I feel sure you'll figure it out. And you've encouraged me to give it another try.

That first shot of the hawk in the tree is just beautiful.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:24 am

Dave, Chuck, Minnie, Many thanks. I will try again when the moment affords itself. I will plan ahead -- plan for the pan, hah! -- and set the camera on shutter priority and continuous shooting and, and as Chuck suggests, focus and move while shooting. Stay tuned. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:12 am

There's some excellent advice here! S-
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