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27 Great Panning Images [and How to Take Them]

At The Speed Of Light

We’ve covered the topic of how to use ‘panning’ to photograph moving subjects previously here on dPS in Mastering Panning and The Art of Panning – so today I thought I’d put together a bit of an image collection of some panning images. Enjoy!

Sunset Boulevard

Lance Amstrong Oslo Grand Prix 2009

Paris Fashion Street (v2)


Horizontals: Girl on a bicycle

Longchamp Horse Racecourse- Paris, France - Hippodrome de Longchamp

Colorful Family

nmr014 2011 - Explored (Front Page)

Top Speed (Infrared)


Family Portrait: The Wheelbarrow Race

Shovler Flight

Fast like the wind (Panning) # Explore

think in 40 years from now...


The Bond That Remains Intact

Never grow up, stay there!

The man, The animal, The skill

Rollin' on chrome

Tokyo biker

Autumn Art


First clue: Bicycles!! (Rotterdam)


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Some older comments

  • Misty Dawn

    January 11, 2013 06:39 am

    Here's a photo one of my best friends took this year - it's one of my favorites!

  • Mr Din

    December 27, 2012 08:02 pm

    I agree with Bruce Twitchell, the horses can't have all their legs so neat while the background is so blurred, even more considering the focal length (max 70mm). I guess PS helped :)

    Nice selection !

  • daniel

    September 1, 2012 03:53 am


    i was wondering that we can have the same panning feature by other way.
    such like setting the camera to very high shutter speed but a very low F number. what do u think?

    also one thing, what about the F number and focusing while using the panning technic, i am interested to try it.


  • cjphoto

    August 13, 2012 03:18 am

    haw about this panning? http://www.flickr.com/photos/d3vilm3/7661152016/

  • satyam

    August 12, 2012 03:31 am

    Panning shot is easy !
    If I get a better lens I can do more better, this pic is taken with T2i,18-55 kit lens !But took 3-4 attempts..


  • ajel

    August 8, 2012 10:55 pm

    what are the things that i need to consider when im taking a picture?

  • Linda

    August 6, 2012 08:48 am

    First (serious) attempt at panning....the distance from the wild horses plus a long, heavy lens were challenges.


  • iceman

    August 5, 2012 06:23 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/icemanfernandez/7715651524/' title='Litrato_ko-1' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7126/7715651524_d3c51ed089.jpg']

  • Matias Socolinsky

    August 5, 2012 12:38 pm

    Really great images!

    Here's one I took last year:

    [eimg url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6100/6212879260_eb10227527.jpg' title='6212879260_eb10227527.jpg']

  • Indraneel

    August 4, 2012 07:51 am

    @ Steve, it is the way farmer prepares the land before sowing...one who can afford a tractor does not have to do such a painful exercise.
    Anyway, I love this panning shot of mine a lot, its my best so far in this area...

  • Steve

    August 3, 2012 10:25 am

    Is that one guy water-skiing behind two bulls?!

  • Justin

    August 3, 2012 05:51 am


  • Gretchen

    August 3, 2012 04:09 am

    If you go to my site, I have a couple pics in the Mount Vernon album that I was lucky enough to catch a hummingbird moth!

  • Alexander Catastroff

    August 3, 2012 03:24 am

    Panning is great! I really love the Enzo (the newer one).

    I'll be posting an article on panning soon.

  • Stephen Cooke

    August 3, 2012 03:23 am

    How do you pan when the subject is heading straight at you? I'm thinking the wheelbarrow and motorbike shots here...

    These galleries are normally spot on, this one has too much post processing. A pity, as these are great images.

  • Photographer Durango CO

    August 3, 2012 02:52 am

    I would say a lot of those are "panned" in photoshop. I do love that first one of the bird though.

  • yunus

    August 3, 2012 02:26 am


  • JR

    August 3, 2012 01:28 am

    Very interesting, but a few have to be composites. I have been doing these for along time and at least two could not be in one capture.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    August 2, 2012 03:53 am

    I like the Ferrari F40 and 458 Italia shots, but then I have a Ferrari bias! Some very nice work posted by the commenters as well. If anyone is wondering how to actually make this kind of shot, I posted a small tutorial:


    with a sample of a Jeep at night.

  • John Helt

    August 1, 2012 11:33 pm

    Here is one in this genre which I took a couple years ago, and which won a first place ribbon in the Knox County Fair for category "Motion"
    [eimg url='http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4090/4990074136_674126b4ef_d.jpg' title='4990074136_674126b4ef_d.jpg']

  • Marnie

    August 1, 2012 10:29 pm

    Great images!

  • Marc Benslahdine

    August 1, 2012 07:09 pm

    [eimg url='http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2755/4537056993_6504359e6a.jpg' title='4537056993_6504359e6a.jpg']


  • Marc Benslahdine

    August 1, 2012 07:08 pm

    Thanks for including my photos in this nice gallery :)

    ps:/ Horse racing is not a real panning (photoshop)

    my favorite...

  • Rohit P Toppo

    August 1, 2012 06:35 pm

    Interesting! Inspiring!...

  • Martin

    August 1, 2012 05:41 pm

    Unfortunately, many of these images is pure post-processing and no panning. Some very evidently (the horses). Nothing against post-processing, just panning and simulating it need two distinct skill sets... :-)

  • sreenivasa sudheendra

    August 1, 2012 05:24 pm

    Nice pics :) I am yet to get one perfect panned pic :(

  • Rickyv.

    August 1, 2012 03:32 pm

    is it possible to show each the camera settings of each picture? much appreciated.

  • Rickyv.

    August 1, 2012 03:27 pm

    Absolutely right. The horse image is a photoshop manipulation using motion blur. please be realistic. we are here to learn not to cheat.

  • Mridula

    August 1, 2012 02:50 pm

    Lovely pics indeed.


  • raghavendra

    August 1, 2012 12:56 pm

    Everything is panning!
    Each day comes with different articles,
    article with many paragraphs, but this time pictures made the talk :)


  • Dave

    August 1, 2012 11:01 am

    Look carefully at the the riders red helmet or the horses legs...

    I could be wrong here, but I think the horse photo was "panned" in photoshop. If you look carefully it looks as though they motion blurred a copy of the picture in the background and cut out the horses on the top layer...

    I could be wrong though... what do others think?

  • Mei Teng

    August 1, 2012 10:51 am

    Simply awesome panning images. The horse racing one is my favourite.

  • TJohn Naguit

    August 1, 2012 10:30 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/83959280@N03/7687816682/' title='jeep panning image-by john naguit' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7117/7687816682_4630539d55.jpg']

  • Juanma

    August 1, 2012 10:11 am

    Great pictures...

    Here are some of my panning shots.


  • Scottc

    August 1, 2012 09:56 am

    Great set of photos, many are incredible.


  • Bruce Twitchell

    August 1, 2012 09:01 am

    The horse image is not panning. That blur is all photoshop.

  • Steve

    August 1, 2012 06:35 am

    Aircraft such as the Red Arrows aerobatic team are great for practicing panning:


  • Luke

    August 1, 2012 06:12 am

    There are some simply amazing shots in there. I really like the plane and the jet.

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