For this week's assignment, we were to practice "panning". To "pan", you follow a moving object with the camera. The desired effect is that the subject is in focus while the background is blurred. This was hard! I took heaps of photos of cars and got plenty of mean looks from drivers as I stood alongside of the road. Why does everyone get suspicious of the photographer? It's so weird!
Without further ado, here are three shots from my first attempt at panning:
In spite of my difficulties with this technique, I really like the effect that it gives. It gives a very impressionistic effect to the background. I will be practicing this one on a regular basis going forward.
Here is a depth-of-field practice shot:
|These pretty lights are part of a battery backup in the garage in my apartment building.|
|Still life with beads on the bed|
Until next time,