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Vertical Camera Panning

There's more to photography than just recording a static image. There's the fun side of experimenting and trying new ways to capture a photo and revealing the photographer's artistic expression.

The top picture below is a typical photo of birch trees in autumn taken in the White Birch Forest of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Penninsula. I took this image with the camera mounted on a tripod so the picture would be sharp. My exposure was 1/3 second at f/18 at ISO 200.

For the bottom picture, I removed the camera from the tripod and hand-held it during the exposure. I tilted the camera slightly upward, then began panning downward and pressed open the shutter button while the camera was in motion. My exposure for this image was 1/2 second at f/22 at ISO 200.

Vertical panning during the exposure works better with vertical subjects such as trees. It makes the forest appear dreamy.

There is a lot of hit or miss on taking photos while panning the camera. Sometimes the pan is too slow and other times too fast, so take several, if not many photos during the panning process and have fun.

Both photographs were taken with a Nikon D700 and 24-120mm f/4.0 lens at 120mm.

typical standard image - Picture #13-1640-2
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panned image - Picture #13-1648-2
Vertical Panned Photograph
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Last updated or revised on November 6, 2015.
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