Learning all the time
They say as we age, we should keep learning new things to keep our brains young. Participating in the 52 week photo challenges, is certainly filling that for me. Especially this years advanced Dogwood 52 challenge.
This week was a technical challenge, panning photography. Basically this is slowing down your shutter speed, and moving your camera to follow a moving subject. You want the subject mostly in focus, and the background blurred. Since Torrey is a wonderful, and willing moving subject, she was nominated to help me this week. We went to the park one evening, and many shots later, I can say I certainly learned something.
This is my shot I used for the challenge.
The hardest part for me, was that of course she was running towards me, and panning is really the subject going from one side of the frame, to the other.
She did start running past me, and I was able to experiment more.
I learned early on in the photo shoot, that too slow of a shutter speed creates some cool, but not really what you want, effects.
This series was fun with her running away from me. I like the shadows in these the best.
I encourage you to give this a shot. I learned a new technique, and wore out the dog, all at the same time.
A lot of the images that were posted for the challenge were quite cool. Different colored backgrounds, other than just grass, certainly make a difference.
This weeks prompt from the 2LilOwls was sky. I was wondering why on earth this couldn’t have been while we were in Arizona, but then one evening the sun going down reflected on the mountain to the east. I grabbed my telephoto which enabled me to get over the houses, trees, and power lines.
Adapt, and learn. This photography journey is an ongoing process, and I am so glad I am taking it.