Day 229 – Stunt Show and Panning Shots

I have commented on here before about how I am not really good at even trying to take panning shots or movement shots … so when my hubby suggested that we went along to watch Scott May’s Dare Devil Stunt show when it came to the New Forest, I thought it was the perfect location to give it a try. I had a quick read before hand on photographing moving cars and discovered that it freezing the action made the cars look static – so panning would be a great example… so I headed off with my Canon  28-300mm lens and my monopod … so at least if I was brave enough to try panning I would keep my horizon straight.

ISO200, F13, 1/15sec

ISO200, F13, 1/15sec

ISO1600, F5.6, 1/125sec

ISO1600, F5.6, 1/125sec

It turned out to be a real challenge, the show lasted about an hour and a half… and in the that time I managed to capture about 400 photos – many of which ended up our of focus … but I tried and tried. They had a variety of vehicles which all traveled at different speeds, they sped up and slowed down, they did not always go where you imagined they would, and sometimes the action was closer, other times further away and add to that the fading light as day turned into dusk and that some of the stunts took part facing into sun. Above up my best 2 panning shots … at least I know I can do it (sometimes).

These are the highlights, I tried to capture the essence of the event, panning images did not always work – as at times I felt it was better to freeze the action, and I was glad that I was able to change my settings quickly to reflect the changing scene – being on auto ISO, really helped with the changing light.  By being flexible in my approach I was able to capture:

  • The expression on the clowns face as he corned on two wheels.
  • The foot in a ball of fire and a person on fire
  • The glass flying out of the windscreen on impact and parts flying off
  • The motor biker going hands free high above his support team
  • The concentration on the drivers face as he drives on 2 wheels

I had a fantastic time – and I am really pleased with the images I captured. I hope you have enjoyed seeing them…

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