A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography

Week 37 – #31. Panning

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For those not familiar with the term “panning,” it is a photography technique performed through capturing an object in motion while moving the camera in parallel to the object. By moving the camera together with the object, the object remains sharp and the background becomes blurred.

This is not my favorite technique and although I had two willing participants, a/k/a Mike and Molly, it turned out to be somewhat of a comedy show early this morning in my neighborhood. Mike agreed to drive the car up and down our street and Molly eagerly agreed to ride in the back seat while I practiced panning. Along comes the garbage collectors … drive up the street again, Mike. Out comes the neighbor with a cup of coffee … drive up the street again, Mike. Along comes the recycle collectors … drive up the street again, Mike. Molly is not looking out the window … drive up the street again, Mike. My shutter speed is not slow enough … drive up the street again, Mike. I need to go inside to make sure the bacon is not burning … drive up the street again, Mike. Molly was more than happy for me to continue practicing, but Mike gets grouchy when he is hungry.
Panning

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Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

17 thoughts on “Week 37 – #31. Panning

  1. I agree panning is not one of the favorite photography techniques to play with but your commentary certainly gave it a humorous twist. Too funny. Ii was wondering when we would see Molly again! Mike deserves a pound of bacon for his efforts.

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  2. She is a star! And you are a “trooper” along with Mike for persistence. It resulted in such a fun photo! Having a model and a driver is the best way to practice.

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  3. Thanks for the lesson. I think I will pick an alternate title. Molly is such a great subject.

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  4. This was so funny. Not everyone has such willing participants(well at least Molly). After the first couple of passes, Mike probably had enough already. I agree he deserves a special breakfast.

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  5. Great shot and I enjoyed your play by play commentary. 😀 still on my to do list. I have tried a couple of times but, still haven’t got the swing of it.

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  6. Another great ‘Molly & Me’ shot! I think you and Mike need a puppy permanently!

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  7. great photo, even better story – the neighbors must think Mike is nuts driving around so many times and forcing you to take his picture….

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  8. Great story and image. I laughed till….. In attempting this theme I learned that you can’t shoot radio control airplanes against the sky. Time to regroup.

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  9. I find for me that panning happens on accident. But I haven’t had a good enough “accident” during this blog time in my opinion. I’ll save them for desperation. I LOVED your story & photo. You had GREAT help. I think my husband might’ve gotten road rage….especially if bacon was cooking!!

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  10. Mary Nell, What a great idea and fun form molly as well. She looks like a neat dog and seems to be treated like the royal queen she is. Loving you posts with her. Gary

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  11. funny write up. sounds about the way most things go when you try but you got a really good shot of Molly. She is a cutie pie.

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  12. Very funny, MN! You have a keeper in Mike. My husband might do the drive by once. No mas. And Molly is quite the muse.

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  13. Terrific shot! I still have to do this one and I will also have to learn the technique! Loved the story as well!

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  14. Great shot and fun explanation!

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  15. Thanks to Mike and Molly. Good job!

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  16. love the photo AND the story!!

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  17. Great panning. Thanks for the story too. I shall remember the technique because of it. Full marks for Mike and Molly. Hope you all enjoyed your breakfasts.

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