Sunday, November 27, 2011

Goose Hunting

This is probably my favorite boating photo I have taken.  It looks like it could be a picture out of a boating ad.  The passenger is kicked back, enjoying the ride and the captain has an experienced ear listening to the purr of his engine.  It is also one of my most successful panning shots.  The main subject is tack sharp while the background is nicely blurred.  It is more evident if you enlarge the photo.   To successfully pan, there are a few things to keep in mind.  Pick a target that you are going to keep in exactly the same spot all the way through the panning action - for example the passengers hand.  Start panning before you press the shutter and continue panning until after the shutter reopens.  The right shutter speed is an educated guess based on a multitude of factors such as aperture, speed of the subject, available light, lens being used, the direction of action - and more.

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