Playing with Panning

Once a year there is a high wheel bicycle race in my hometown. I go to take photos, and I see plenty of others with better cameras and lenses than me there too. The high wheel bikes are interesting by themselves and there lots of photo opportunities, but this year I really concentrated on panning while I shot. 

The idea is to move the camera so that the moving object is always in the same place in the photo. This makes the object sharp and the background blurred.  You need to use a slow enough shutter speed so that the camera movement will blur the background. I shot with aperture priority which is my default. I should have tried shutter priority and always used a good shutter speed. My best shots were at 1/80 sec, but it was a bright sunny day and sometimes I ended up with faster shutter speeds that did not have much blur. 

I need to get out more often and practice. I need to find more bike races. 

I should have zoom out a little more on this shot so you could see the bottom of the bike. 

I should have zoom out a little more on this shot so you could see the bottom of the bike. 

Keeping the bike properly framed was challenging. 

I am happy with how sharp the rider is, but I would have liked to gotten him out the corner of the frame. 

I am happy with how sharp the rider is, but I would have liked to gotten him out the corner of the frame.