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Post Options Post Options   Quote whiteheat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 June 2013 at 05:58
Hi Jizzy - welcome to Dyxum - its the only place to be!

OK, I see where you're going wrong.

You will achieve much better results by trying some or all the following.

1) Use a tripod or monopod. With a tripod you'd need a fluid head to mount the camera to the tripod - really useful to keep the camera steady whilst panning. A monopod is also excellent and may be more versatile/flexible as well as being less weight. Either work well for panning, much better than hand held because you are going to need to drop the shutter speed to make this sort shot work.
2) Ditch the polarizer in preference for adjustments by post production software, assuming you use/have such a package. Otherwise use it if you really feel the need but remember the polarizer is costing you 2 stops of light.
3) Drop ISO to 100.
4) Drop shutter speed to 1/90 or 1/125 (experiment to see which speed works best) and pan the camera to the speed of the car. That way you should get the car nice and sharp, the wheels and background should blur out nicely.

Optional. I try a different lens. A 300mm prime is best at this sort of range but these cost a fortune. Otherwise a 75/100 to 300mm zoom should do the trick, although there are quite a lot of variations in lens quality and cost within this range. Research which lens you feel would suit you best.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Retyred Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2013 at 19:38
[QUOTE=Vultite] Yeah, you def. need to either drop shutter speed for blurred effect and pan which is not the easiest thing to do and get a sharp image. I always cheat and pace a subject if possible for blurred effect.

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Sorry for this late post. I like the blur you’ve achieved there. But what do you mean by ‘pacing’, when you imply it isn’t panning? Have you extracted the bike and then blurred the background with a linear blur?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Gary C Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2013 at 20:52
Took one of the larger resolution photos from your Flickr page, and added a little Motion Blur in PhotoShop. Your spectators and signs are dead still, but the cars are blurred. Of course, not what you're looking for, but I bet it could be done in PP.

If you would like, I can upload what I did to it, just to give you an idea. I love Photoshop.      

As I said, I love Photoshop. None of this is going to get you where you want to be, that's pure photographic technique and the previous posters have given you (and me) a lot to think about as far as panning and taking photographs of high speed objects.

I just basically wanted to take your picture and do a couple of things to it in PS, and see what you think.

The first picture, I made the cars look like they're zooming by a fixed camera.

The second picture, I made it look like you're tracking cars.

Now, please, understand, I'm not trying to belittle your talent, I looked at some of your other stuff, and it's fantastic, but I do want to point out that it is possible to do some Post Processing, which in a certain circumstance, may fit the bill. This is rough and dirty, but it illustrates my point, I think.


Edited by Gary C - 31 July 2013 at 01:47
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