Fortnightly (was Bi-Weekly) Photography Motivation Booster Challenge #3: Panning for Gold

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Let's get impressionistic!

We're all used to having sharp, in focus pics in our state-of-the-art micro4/3 cameras. For this challenge, turn off IBIS/OIS and shoot manual. Slowish shutter speeds (1/5-1/20) work best and usually longer lenses (40-200mm) are better to isolate your subject. You're looking for bright color contrasts and patterns you can accentuate with quick camera movements to create an image. Stands of trees become stark vertical lines. Leaves and flowers can become impressionist paintings. Movement doesn't have to be a straight line either. You can come up with interesting effects making smaller, quick movements like circles or curves. Or go for pure abstract and shoot something colorful to see what happens. Let yourself go. Paint with your camera.

Or photograph something moving. Use panning to smudge out the background and capture your target in focus. Anything goes as long as your camera was moving when you took the shot.

Rules/Recommendations:

1. One of the preconditions for these challenges was supposed to be that we don't have to go very far to take these photos. We should be able to find what we need around the house or nearby. If you can get out and shoot something outside, awesome. If not, look around at the mundane and ordinary for inspiration. Try seeing things you look at every day from a different perspective. Turn the world on its side.

2. Since the goal of this challenge is to get people shooting, please post new images only! You might have the perfect image in your back catalogue, but you should really try to post something taken during the challenge timeframe!

a) Catch-ups after the period has expired are perfectly acceptable. We're not monsters.

b) Feel free to post as many as you want, but try to pick the best of your bunch. Twenty takes on the same challenge might be a tad spammy. :)

3. Have fun!

In a couple of weeks (April 26th), I'll post another one of these here. In the meantime, enjoy the photos from the participants as they show up. All are welcome to take part, the more the merrier.

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came here to post a couple of shots I grabbed last night to try to bump the thread into life, but @Steveee beat me to it. Here are mine anyway.

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Camera rotation while gripping the focus ring. I plead guilty to going coo-coo with the sliders.

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fantastic! I have so many questions about this shot, @Steveee. I think chiefly is whether you were in a plane or helicopter when you took this and if so, were you the pilot? :D
@robcee I suspect you’re teasing me a bit there about being a pilot. I was just feeling a bit guilty about not having time to contribute, so got the pilot to jig the helicopter about a bit while I did some longish exposures.



Meanwhile, in reality, I saw the desktop that good ol’ Microsoft decided to show me, and took a longish exposure of that while moving the camera towards it. The better of three attempts, I think.

Lessened the guilt a little! :biggrin:
 

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@robcee I suspect you’re teasing me a bit there about being a pilot. I was just feeling a bit guilty about not having time to contribute, so got the pilot to jig the helicopter about a bit while I did some longish exposures.



Meanwhile, in reality, I saw the desktop that good ol’ Microsoft decided to show me, and took a longish exposure of that while moving the camera towards it. The better of three attempts, I think.

Lessened the guilt a little! :biggrin:

ah! the jig is up, as they say. Wasn't meant as a tease. Turns out, you never know who's a dog (or pilot) on the internet. :D
 

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The best of ~20 exposures. It was a learning curve...

Yeah, I can fill up a card doing these (or more likely, drain a battery). Once I find a general area with some interesting features, I'll fire off 10 or 20 shots with similar motions to try to capture something interesting. There's some serendipity at work with this technique that I really enjoy.
 

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