Pan and Zoom (1st pic Motocross, add your own!)

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Ok I always loved the Pan and zoom technique, probably because getting a good shot while doing it is almost impossible! So when you do get one its like an amazing fluke!

Post pictures you have while using this advanced technique (I know a lot of you shoot primes but its worth it to have a zoom just so you can try these!)
Heres mine from yesterday, I was a little too far away, but I kind of like how the wider view gives the track more depth, Its a tradeoff..

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That's a neat effect, I wonder if cropping a bit tighter might improve the appeal? As is, it is pretty darned neat and I'll have to give it a try.
 
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Great shot!

here's a scanned pic of one my favorite pan/zoom pics from the OLD days. :wink:

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it was easier to do that trick with the old push/pull zooms, than the current twist zooms. :biggrin:
 
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Great shot!

here's a scanned pic of one my favorite pan/zoom pics from the OLD days. :wink:

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it was easier to do that trick with the old push/pull zooms, than the current twist zooms. :biggrin:
I have a 80-200 push pull zoom, I wonder if I should try that one day.
Good on keeping the rider's helmet in focus, Its very very difficult to keep your subject sharp!
 
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That is really cool! almost looks 3d, he is jumping right out of the picture :)
 
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Wow lexiticus....almost induced a little vertigo when looking at it for the first time. Excellent shot and very cool technique. Did you place your focus on continuous to do that?
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Wow lexiticus....almost induced a little vertigo when looking at it for the first time. Excellent shot and very cool technique. Did you place your focus on continuous to do that?
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No Just AF-s, the camera seems to do a pretty decent job adjusting focus inbetween continuous shots so I never found a use for AF-c. I just realized though that this shot was taken while zooming OUT, hence this next pic i took. (and from how the background trees on the left are more static than the right, since i was panning right!)

HEres the shot right afterwards, a little less 3d, but the rider is sharper

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Alright heres more! just got back from the track earlier today (april 11th), Really went nuts with the zooming, and slow shutter speeds (1/50-1/100 usually)

with flash zooming out
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With flash zooming in
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no flash, zooming out
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Very harsh zoom out at 1/50th of a second
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love the shots! they are really killer, no doubt riders get tired of the same old shots, I bet they will be beating a path to your door for these.
I was thinking of the same a few weeks back, and tried it, but the shutter speed was too fast, wasnt sure how to make it happen.

thanks for the informative post, will retry it.
 
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Fabulous shots! By how much would you say you are zooming out by? I must give this a go the next time I am at a motorsport event! :D
While the picture is taken probably only 5-15mm, BUT the hard part is getting good timing on the zoom, and keeping the lens steady and panning. So even though the lens will only travel a few millimetres during the actuall picture, you will end up cranking it quite far (I use the Cheapo Sigma 18-200 which is quite nice for this actually, so I probably crank it about 50mm on each shot.)

In some of the more exaggerated shots at 1/50th Its probably about 30mm travel, The one that looks like its from back to the future was a very aggressive one, I'm very happy the riders face was still quite sharp.
 

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