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Our assignment for this month was panning and we got a slew of images from readers showing that they had really mastered the technique. Panning is accomplished by setting your camera to a slow shutter speed and then following a subject as it moves past. It's another way that photography allows us to see the world in a way that is impossible for the unaided eye. We received images of everything from sports action to birds on the wing, and a few that caught us by surprise. So the next time you want to try a fun technique slow down that shutter and give panning a try!

Buckaroo: The motion and action of the rodeo are caught in one shot by D.W. (Dave) Clements. He made this photo using a Canon EOS-1D and a Canon f/2.8 70-200mm lens. Exposure was f/2.8 at 1/250 sec.
© 2003, D. W. Clements, All Rights Reserved

Panning Pan: We're suckers for a visual pun and Tony Mason of Oregon Photo Tours (http://oregonphototours.tripod.com) supplied it. As he wrote: "I placed my tripod-attached Olympus OM4 on a local city park playground's merry-go-round...and then set up another tripod in the center with a frying pan attached to it." He then spun the merry-go-round and made an exposure of 2 seconds on Fujichrome Sensia II 100 film.
© 2003, Tony Mason, All Rights Reserved


Fun Ride: Ray Eurich made this great shot of his grandchild Brittney on the Tilt-a-Whirl, which he says is one of her favorites. He used a Pentax Super Program camera with a Tokina 35-70mm lens and made the shot on Kodak Gold 100 at 1/30 sec at f/11.
© 2003, Ray Eurich, All Rights Reserved

Tone And Motion: We were struck by the beauty of this shot and how the tones all fall together with the subject. Shelley Alger Fong made this with a Canon Elan 7 camera with a 100-400mm IS lens. No exposure information was supplied.
© 2003, Shelley Alger Fong, All Rights Reserved

Victory Lap: John E. Rees said auto racing fans would know this driver by the size of the checkered flag, which he says the driver carries with him because he wins so regularly. We're not sure who that might be but we liked the way the light catches the flag and plays off the cars. Rees made the shot with an Olympus 3030 at f/8 and 1/30 sec.
© 2002, John E. Rees, All Rights Reserved


Shoot That Puck: Les Whitford captured the quick motion of a hockey game and this Salmon Arm Silverbacks player. He worked with a Canon EOS D60 with a Canon EF 100-400mm L lens. Exposure was 1/20 sec at f/4.5 with the ISO set at 200.
© 2003, Les Whitford, All Rights Reserved

Motocross: Joe Duty made this dynamic image of a racer using his Nikon D1X with a Nikon 17-35mm lens at f/22 at 1/30 sec. It goes to prove that the faster the action the faster the shutter speed you can use for panning.
© 2003, Joe Duty, All Rights Reserved


Dog Chases Ball: This fun shot of Debbie Smith-Gordo's dog Murphy was made with a Pentax ZX-7 with an exposure of f/11 at 1/90 sec. Debbie told us that she made this shot for a class assignment, and that she got an A in the class. Now we see why.
© 2003, Debbie Smith-Gordo, All Rights Reserved

Motion Transformation: Sometimes a slow shutter speed can warp form through time. This skateboarder was caught in mid-flight by Jack Mansfield with a Canon Elan IIe and a Canon 75-300mm lens. The shutter speed on Kodak Gold 100 film was 1/10 sec.
© 2003, Jack Mansfield, All Rights Reserved

In Full Flight: John C. Wilson told us that he shot three rolls of film of seagulls in a small cove in Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada, and this was his main keeper. He worked with a Canon EOS 620 and a 100-300mm lens and exposed at 1/15 sec on Fujichrome 100.
© 2003, John C. Wilson, All Rights Reserved

© 2002, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved

Picture This! - Our Next Assignment

Colorful Cars

Our next Picture This! assignment is "Colorful Cars." Photographing automobiles, especially at car shows, can be a challenge, because there's crowds of people and the cars are often parked closely to one another. The secret, if there is any, is to get close and use lots of depth of field by selecting the smallest possible apertures. Tip: Wide angle lenses help. They provide a greater range of sharpness and let you get closer, cropping the car tightly, eliminating extraneous details.

This photo was made with a Canon EOS-1N and 28-90mm zoom at f/8 with Kodak Elite Chrome Extra Color, Joe Farace's favorite film for photographing cars. The extra contrast and enhanced saturation are perfect for this photo that basically features three colors (not counting black) of white, yellow, and blue. There were 800 cars and many thousands of people at this car show, but using a low angle simplified the background and made for what, Farace thinks, is a stronger composition.

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Deadline for submission: September 15, 2003.
Images will appear in our December 2003 issue.
Our next topic: Found Still Life
Deadline: October 15, 2003.
Publication Date: January, 2004