We were visiting the historic city of Gyeongju South Korea with our daughter Holly and two of her friends Rhonda and Minseon. One of the attractions is riding in these brightly painted horse drawn carriages that are festooned with Christmas lights and play really loud pop music as they go by. No charming stroll through the park here. They seem to challenge each other to see which one can run up and down the road faster. We didn't take the ride but I did catch a few shots of them as the went by.
This first photo was taken as the carriage came nearer. The shutter speed was a relative fast 1/100 of a second. The carriage and driver with his cool sunglasses and pink cap are pretty sharp and in focus. Although he was moving, you can't tell it in this photo.
|Fast Shutter - Slow Speed|
The second carriage was moving about the same speed, but the photo really has a feeling of speed.
|Slow Shutter - Fast Speed|
Panning works best when the subject is moving parallel to the front of the camera and on a relatively straight path which allows you to predict where they’ll be moving to. If the subject is moving more at an angle they can move out of focus and you don't get the same effect with the background.
|1/25 second exposure|
This is a technique that takes some practice. Luckily it's easy to practice. Stand on the side of a busy street and take pictures of the cars that pass by. Don't worry if you get some strange looks from the motorists. Just look official. You'll find they tend to hit their brakes as the go by. Other practice subjects include bicycles, motorcycles and people walking or running. There are plenty of examples online if you google photography panning. Give it a try and have fun.