life in motion

i wrote a post a few weeks ago about the technique panning and how i wanted to improve my skill with it.  lucky for me, the theme for week 20 is {panning}, so i have a full week with the perfect excuse to tell my kids to run like the wind.

panning is hard, hard, hard, especially when you're photographing kiddos who may at any moment run into the street, and who like to run in unpredictable patterns at unpredictable times and unpredictable speeds.  i slowed my shutter way, way down tonight (1/15th of a second) in the hopes of catching a little more blur behind my tricky subjects, but that also made it harder for me to get the little stinkers in focus.  here's my set of "almost but not quite" photos from the night:

and here are the two that i think are pretty acceptable examples of successful panning (the second is shown twice- in color and b/w):

i'm looking forward to working on this some more throughout the week.  as hard as it is, i really love the result when i get it right :)