EXPERT INSIGHT get to grips with panning
Panning is a fundamental technique for shooting moving subjects. The secret is to move the camera so that the rider stays in the same spot in the viewfinder throughout the exposure. This can be harder to do than it looks. In the classic panning shot, the shutter speed is just slow enough for the movement to blur the background, while the rider remains relatively sharp. To succeed with this Seb recommends that you focus manually well before the rider comes into shot. Use autofocus to focus on a spot on the trail that the rider will pass through, then lock the subject distance by turning the focus switch to manual. You can also get a friend to stand in your target area for you to focus on. Not using autofocus to take the shot cuts out one of the variables, allowing you to concentrate on your hand/eye co-ordination. For shots of passing cyclists, a shutter speed of around 1/60 sec is a good starting point – but this will depend on how fast they are moving.
EXPOSURE 1/60 sec, f/ 5.6, ISO1600 LENS Nikon 18- 55mm f/ 3.5- 5.6 VR