WP Blur Challenge: Or, How I Learned to do this on Purpose in Photography Class

The ability to enhance your blog with beautiful photography seems like a no-brainer, until you actually attempt to master beautiful photography. After gamely trying to self-teach myself over the last few years, I finally caved-in to taking a few classes after someone innocently remarked that I had a good eye, but needed to master the technical. Shortly afterwards I was standing in the middle of a busy parking lot in downtown Atlanta adjusting my shutter speed for Lesson 2 on “panning” of my Photography class. It’s hard to adequately describe the visual of our cute young instructor gamely running from one end of the lot to the other encouraging our small group to freeze her motion with our cameras as we moved our bodies side to side, all in unison. After several attempts no one was successful, but I’m pretty sure it was due to mutual concern that our instructor, for all her enthusiasm, was going to hurt herself. Two weeks later, after lesson 4, I stood alone in the dark next to my car and started panning the cars passing by, trying not to focus on the fact that I was standing alone in a parking lot in the dark. My first three attempts were fine. I was relaxed, feeling the motion, and following through with my body just like your arm should after hitting a tennis ball. About to call it a night, a saw the flash of red before I saw the car, a red Porsche driving down the street fulfilling my dream of photography Nirvana. Not a technical masterpiece, but not too bad for a mid-session Photo2 student. Photo Challenges the Daily Post: Blur

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    1. Ha, it was a funny moment for me to see that car approach the rise in the street. Not only was it was Porsche, it was red! It’s all about the moment, isn’t? So glad to hear from you, Mary!
      Elisa

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  1. Elisa, I’d say that you’ve achieved an engaging capture. You are correct about not only being there at the right moment, but, as important, being in the moment. You accomplished both. Well done.

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  2. Fantastic shot, Elisa. Panning is not the easiest technique to master since it requires you getting in sync (timing) with your subject. I’m good with horses in terms of panning, not so good with everything else.

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    1. I was on my computer and saw only the first part of your comment, and I was thinking for a moment that you were going to end your sentence “Panning is not the easiest technique to master since it requires to set your alarm clock and get up extremely early in the morning.” Whew, glad I have to only be in sync instead! 😉

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  3. Phenomenal! A wondrous piece of modern art, and all for the click of a shutter 🙂
    You’re right, Elisa. I think there’s only so much you can teach yourself. I’m still teaching myself to point and shoot, but it’s on my to do list.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement Jo, and for the tweet mention. Your support is greatly appreciated, as is your sense of humor! You are a wonderful photographer, just keep doing what you’re doing by capturing the moment, and let us enjoy the results! 🙂

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    1. Oh,thank you, Michael. I think this was a one time wonder, but I’m interested in trying some panning in a a different venue (other than a side street) and see what I come up with. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. This is fantastic, Elisa. Ask Pablo about these types of shots. You remember him? His blog is on WP. He does some of the most fantastic photography like this I’ve ever seen and what’s more, he’s generous and a really fine young man! You can see his work on FB at Pablo Buitrago Ángel. He also posts his work on Flickr. You can get lots of info. from him, besides, you’ll love him if you don’t already know him! Sweet boy! Seems to me you’ve pretty much got it already! I love it.

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    1. Thank you, George! I’m glad you liked my “one time” wonder….I doubt I’ll be able to pull that shot off again!! I will check in with Pablo, because I’d love to learn how to do a pan with my subject is actually in focus, but maybe harder to do at night. We shall see! Glad to see you, lady!

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    1. Ha, not to worry. I’m a super fast typer, sometimes I’ll see an old comment I’ve made and it looks like gibberish. For that reason, I’m a good code breaker when I read someone else’s jumbled typing. And thank you!

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