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    It took a me alot of courage to upload this. I wasn't sure if it was a good photo. I personally liked this photo. Also i tried many times to achieve this. But i feel that there are lots of mistakes in my techniques.

    1. in what area is critique to be sought?
    The technique, composition. I am not sure if i am doing it right.


    2. what one hopes to achieve with the piece of work?
    I wanted to achieve a photo whereby the cyclist seems to be moving really fast.


    3. under what circumstance is the picture taken? (physical conditions/emotions)
    I took this photo in the late afternoon at about 4pm with bright sun and clear skies.


    4. what the critique seeker personally thinks of the picture
    i personally like this photo. But i think there is definitely room for improvement.

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    This is quite a small photo to look at. Almost a thumbnail. For us to give a better cnc, we have to be able to see the photo better. Preferably at 1024 by 685.
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    Composition is very nicely done. Perhaps the biker could be kept in sharp focus while panning? Just what I feel.

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    I'm sorry. Here's a bigger photo.
    Last edited by dixonchern; 4th November 2010 at 10:49 PM.

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stoper/315112145/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/myronyeung/3079756184/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvs/8593342/

    Please take a look at all the photos above.

    All of them shared an important element in a decent panning shot which this photo don't have. That is, the subject, it is reasonably sharp and focus.

    Similar to playing dop and bokeh, a panning shot blur everything else in the direction of movement except the subject and this helps to bring focus to the subject and isolate it from the background. The more "blur" the background is, the faster the subject seems to be moving. And if everything is blur including the subject, we might be confused which is what.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post

    Similar to playing dop and bokeh, a panning shot blur everything else in the direction of movement except the subject and this helps to bring focus to the subject and isolate it from the background. The more "blur" the background is, the faster the subject seems to be moving. And if everything is blur including the subject, we might be confused which is what.
    Apologies if this is not the right place to ask, but how do you achieve getting the subject in clear focus? In terms of settings, technique, etc.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thurday87 View Post
    Apologies if this is not the right place to ask, but how do you achieve getting the subject in clear focus? In terms of settings, technique, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
    You need more practice in panning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thurday87 View Post
    Apologies if this is not the right place to ask, but how do you achieve getting the subject in clear focus? In terms of settings, technique, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
    basically, it will be shot in shutter priority since this is the thing you want to have control.
    At what speed should you set, it can be anywhere between 1/60 to 1/8. Usually, I do my research and look at the exif of the good panning photos of the type of moving object I will be shooting. Use that as your base reference to set the speed. After a few shots, review the photo and determine whether do you need to increase or decrease the shutter speed. Other settings continuous focusing, evaluative focusing and multiple shots. For a single pass of the moving object, I will take at least a few shots of the moving object. With this, the successful hit rate is about 20-30% for me and out of these percentage, I can get at least 10% of the 20-30% near tack sharp. Another thing to take note is monitor the aperture since it is in auto. I will adjust the iso such that the aperture will not be any smaller than f16 and preferably at around f8-f11.

    You can read more of it here. http://www.digital-photography-schoo...oving-subjects
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    Good shot, for a first post. I have yet to do mine . At Changi, Exhibition, I think?

    Without the helmet, there is an element of danger, there. But if the rider puts on typical cycling wear and helmet, the subject would then be colorful against that dull background, thus enhancing the intent.

    Technically, if you weren't using tripod, do so with the panning. Challenge yourself, go back and do better - at 10am or 4pm.

    Keep it up, uh, I mean fast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    basically, it will be shot in shutter priority since this is the thing you want to have control.
    At what speed should you set, it can be anywhere between 1/60 to 1/8. Usually, I do my research and look at the exif of the good panning photos of the type of moving object I will be shooting. Use that as your base reference to set the speed. After a few shots, review the photo and determine whether do you need to increase or decrease the shutter speed. Other settings continuous focusing, evaluative focusing and multiple shots. For a single pass of the moving object, I will take at least a few shots of the moving object. With this, the successful hit rate is about 20-30% for me and out of these percentage, I can get at least 10% of the 20-30% near tack sharp. Another thing to take note is monitor the aperture since it is in auto. I will adjust the iso such that the aperture will not be any smaller than f16 and preferably at around f8-f11.

    You can read more of it here. http://www.digital-photography-schoo...oving-subjects
    Thanks! Will attempt a shot soon.

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    took around seletar airport rite?be aware of towing aircraft from hanger of hawker pacific !!

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    good that u applied 1/3 rule. But i would think that the subject should be at the left side, to show that he is so fast until the photographer is slower than him.
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