112 MPH Panning
Today was a pretty fun day. I went out to a drag strip to watch some friends race their mustangs. This is my first experience with drag racing and it was pretty exciting. When I was invited, I was pretty excited to try out a technique referred to as panning. The concept of panning refers to me moving the camera to follow a moving subject, in this case the cars. By doing this, the cars stay in focus and everything stationary blurs. It's kind of the opposite of your normal moving photography.
There were a lot of horses under the hood and the red white and blue kind of lent itself to the term "American Muscle".
As you can see with these two pictures, the panning causes the moving cars to be in focus while everything behind them blurs. The power of these cars was amazing as you can see by them raising up as they came off the line.
So, this was a fun experience. By far, these are the fastest things I've photographed. I've been wanting to try out panning and I think I did pretty well for my first time. There is another technique that I want to try out soon. As soon as I get it done, I'll put it up here and show ya'll.
Until next time...