Panning the camera is another technique I love to use in order to create an impression of the scene in front of me.
This was quite early in the fall, and there were only hints of the autumn colours.
I miss the fall colours, but fortunately, spring is just around the corer, with its palette of fresh hues. The autumn definitely has a different mood to it, and every year I try to go out and photograph nature as much as I can.
The autumn colours were in full bloom and the foliage was backlit, the ideal lighting situation for translucent objects
The amount of panning you need to create the kind of photographs in this post is going to depend on what kind of focal length you use. I used a 35mm lens on a cropped sensor, corresponding roughly to 50mm on a full frame camera.
I didn’t particularly like this photo when I got home and downloaded the pictures from my camera. But it has grown on me and is now one of my favourites. This is why I always wait some time before editing my photos, so I get a more ‘objective’ opinion, if that ever is possible.
I typically choose 1/6s as my shutter speed for panning trees in the forest. Too long a shutter speed and I find it hard to keep the up and down motion straight enough. On the other hand, a fast shutter speed is not giving me enough of a motion blur.
I wanted to get a little bit of the ground in my composition. It took a number of tries to get the result I wanted, as it is quite a bit harder to frame your shots when panning.
The best compromise that works for you may be different, and it always takes a bit of experimentation to find the settings that suit your style best.
I took a pic from roughly the same vantage point a couple of years ago. But this time around, the photograph came out quite differently. When photographing nature, no two days are the same.
I would really encourage you to give this technique a try. You can see how it works with an autumn forest. You should experiment with different kinds of subjects. I know I will.
when I saw this scene, I know I had a photograph or two, but it took me some time to figure out the best vantage point. Always work your subject.
I learned this from Bryan F Peterson: what is the best time to take a vertical photo? Right after you take the horizontal.