Featured Cyclists - Panning Shots

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Petach, May 17, 2017.

  1. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Panning is a hard one for me. The movement required at the waist to follow through, and the tremor in my hand......they both conspire to defeat me. During rush hour out of about 200 shots I managed to get these. Not the sharpest but they give an indication of speed. They were taken on London Bridge where; at the northern end, traffic lights hold a gaggle of cyclists champing at the bit. On green they go "hell for leather saddle" southbound.

    (taken from either side of the road, hence the appearance of northbound and southbound)

    34572821481_9ab9b28acd_c. Cyclist Pans by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    34572821231_1b10c497da_c. Cyclist Pans by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    34572821091_8e17fa6d1e_c. Cyclist Pans by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    34572820791_e31a449fab_c. Cyclist Pans by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr

    34572820321_c73d536e06_c. Cyclist Pans by Pete Tachauer, on Flickr
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  2. bluzcity

    bluzcity SC Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    The last may be my favorite of the bunch. I like the gritty finish and the intensity of the rider's face. Nice set.
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  3. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Thanks Brent, I know what you mean. For me (and likely due to my corrosive sense of humour) No.1 for me. The expression and the hair just cracked me up!
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    well, you've both identified my 2 favorites...nothing to add here except "good work". I would think some colour shots could be pretty fun as well.
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  5. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Thanks Luke. Truth be told....the colours were not actually great on this occasion. Light was quite poor hence the B&W. Glad you like No.1 too
  6. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    First and last, both convey a different emotion, well done!
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  7. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Hey Pete,

    Well, I think you've done really well. Having done some of this myself, I'd have to say there's a good bit of luck involved, or not luck exactly, but a high failure rate. It's just hard to nail. I've done best with medium wide lenses (35mm mostly, some 28) rather than trying to get in close with longer glass. And most of my favorite shots aren't clinically that great, but there's usually SOMETHING that's stopped even as all hell breaks loose in everything and everyone around them, that brings focus to the attempt. I've tried a bit with longer lenses and I have a couple of shots that work technically, but they don't convey the same sense of drama to me. I'll drop a few in here to illustrate, all done with X100, X-Pro 2, and RX1. I've only done these at cycling races, BTW, so there are usually many cyclists going at different speeds, which I think becomes apparent...

    14630967120_e6dc5c2528_h. Men's Pro - RX1-108-Edit by Ray, on Flickr

    34723408396_8d5a6cdb01_b. WC Criterium-134-Edit-1 by Ray, on Flickr

    34723407926_95a1283c60_h. DSCF0467 (1) by Ray, on Flickr

    On this one, the ONLY thing that's stopped and clear is the lead rider's left leg, but somehow I like the effect of the whole thing being in motion...

    34723406876_e9a7bfb504_h. DSCF0421 (1) by Ray, on Flickr

    And here's one with a 120mm lens that's technically OK, but doesn't do a damn thing for me - the only drama is on the riders' faces...

    14837494763_2f076dd0d9_h. Early Races - Df-573-Edit by Ray, on Flickr

    So, the ones I like most are less successful technically in a sense, but kind of what I was going for. At least I was after the first one or two I saw. And for every keeper there are probably 100 on the cutting room floor, so to speak.

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  8. emerson

    emerson SC Regular

    Oct 2, 2015
    David Emerson
    Really like #1. That looks to me the way it *feels* to ride.
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  9. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Thanks David, your thoughts are the same as mine.
  10. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    Thanks Ray. I had the 16-50 on the Sony A6300 and used it at the wide end mostly. Dig your shots, but really dig your No.1, so dynamic and atmospheric. Real impression of the no guts no glory of riding hell for leather.
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  11. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    #1 is just fantastic. The rest are nicely done, too, but that hair... brilliant!
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  12. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    thanks Bart. Not sure if it was the wind or if his air was naturally like it :0)
  13. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    I vote for #1 too! Cool image. I have tried a lot of panning images before. There seems to be a bit of luck. But, I am sure the more you do it the better you get at it. Much more fun to do with digital than it used to be with film...