Thanks a lot for the replies. I'll keep in mind your suggestions the next time I shoot ... can't wait for this weekend.
Slower is better. At f/2.8, you're getting both motion blur and OOF blur in the background. Here's one from a sunny day where I should have brought an ND filter, 70mm (with the 24-70 II), 1/40 s and f/18 (so the blur is all motion).
Thanks, I see your point.
BTW, do you also mean to say that a narrower aperture (than f/2.
should be preferably used to accentuate streaking lines?
Another way to get more blur is the subject moving faster - but I'm not sure moms like it when you yell at the kids "faster faster"
Haha ... I was shooting right outside my house and when I suggested this to my daughters, I got shouted down by my wife from the window above
As you were with IS mode II, and Servo AF with one AF point selected, put that point on the face before it gets to where you want the image shot, steadily hold that AF point on the face until you get to where you want it, then gently press the shutter, keep the fluid motion going right through the shot and after, like a golfers follow through. Lots and lots of practice.
I was actually in multiple AF point selection mode. The focus was on the faces of my daughters.
BTW, you got motion blur in your shots at 1/125s! I can see what is possible if one gets his technique right.
Try an external viewfinder - to enhance tracking over longer periods, just an idea.
Or use a tripod if you can control the path of the subject in someways: With a ball head lock the ball and use the panning capability of the base of the head (e.g.).
Never checked it both measures work ... just time for me to do that soon
I've never used an external viewfinder but I'll try to find out more.
I was actually thinking of camera mounted on monopod, used in sitting / kneeling position. I'm not sure it'll work perfect but may be worth a try.
1st photo looks good to me
for bicycles going slow like that i'd go with 1/15 to 1/30th
As for technique, it just needs tons of practice
first off brace your left elbow into your ribs and let the lens barrel rest on your left palm
next make sure you also keep your right elbow tucked in but dont squeeze everything too tight this will just add shake so be relaxed about it.
next make sure your stance is stable balanced and comfortable
to pan keep your legs and torso all firm and just use your waist to pivot.
begin tracking early and make sure your movement is smooth
i find with race cars you can get a nice smooth rythem going and once you hit the groove the keeper rate comes up
First off, those are excellent shots!
Thanks for the suggestions. I typically shoot with both my elbows drawn in but don't really remember how I was moving for these shots. I may have ended up rotating the camera in my hands and will be more careful as to what I'm doing next time.
It helps to put more distance between your subject and the background, less between you and the subject. This magnifies the movement of the background to create more motion blur.
Now you've got me thinking. I'll try using a shorter focal length while at the same time getting closer to the subject and see what happens.