Panning: Weekly Photography Challenge

Panning: Weekly Photography Challenge

Image by Sam Javanrouh

This week your photographic challenge is to take and share a photo that uses the technique of panning. We’ve written a tutorial previous on how to master the art of panning (also check out this one on panning too)so you may like to go read that one first – but the challenge essentially revolves around photographing a moving subject and attempting to keep it in focus by panning your camera along with it. The result is hopefully a relatively in focus and sharp subject with some lovely motion blur around it.

The technique can be applied to almost any moving subject – from racing cars, to trains, to bikes, to flying birds, running animals or even to any toddler who has gathered up a little speed.

Once you’ve taken your ‘Panning’ Images – choose your best 1-2, upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to them or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSPANNING to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Note: while we don’t mind you posting previous images that you’ve taken that fit this topic – the real point of these ‘challenges’ is to inspire you to go out and take NEW photos. So perhaps instead of just trawling through your old photos to find one that fits – grab that camera and go use it too!

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks Photographer in the Picture challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

Image by Paco CT

Image by ram reddy

Image by Thomas Helbig

Image by Gerald Yuvallos

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Charu January 12, 2012 03:31 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/charushila/6485838995/

  • inkid December 10, 2011 12:43 pm

    Penang Cub Prix 2011
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13696711@N06/6457278385/in/set-72157628284033573

  • Stefano December 9, 2011 07:00 pm

    Circular panning

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/50259324@N08/6315344686/in/set-72157628058573868

  • Shelby Lea Miller December 9, 2011 03:39 pm

    My two favorites! Panning really takes some time to get a handle on, and I still have a lot of time to put in lol. These will do for now!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelbyleaphotography/6480250453/in/set-72157628071199385/lightbox/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelbyleaphotography/6480249313/in/set-72157628071199385/lightbox/

  • Jolyn Laney December 6, 2011 04:18 am

    http://jolynlaneyphotography.blogspot.com/2011/12/panning-challenge.html
    a first timer

  • The Dotted Sandstone December 5, 2011 05:27 am

    here is what i got,
    http://the-neoterics.blogspot.com/2011/11/panning.html

  • MasterminD December 4, 2011 11:11 pm

    When shooting from a moving bus, you often get 1 chance at a shot, presented in a matter of seconds. When it works out, ahhhhh, there is no feeling like it. :)

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tt6obxPb9MXf89uQVSDDHeeeyrgRuTN_jl1CHRmy1EQ?feat=directlink

  • MasterminD December 4, 2011 11:01 pm

    Since taking roundtrips a lot during my travels, I have had a lot of practice at panning from a moving bus.

    One of my favorites:

  • Suman Mandal December 3, 2011 05:37 am

    For the Panning challenge...

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150957526960442&set=o.52045600631&type=1&theater

  • Suman Mandal December 3, 2011 05:36 am

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150957526960442&set=o.52045600631&type=1&theater

  • Gustavo Devito December 1, 2011 02:24 pm

    Here my picture for the pannig challenge

  • Robert Firicano December 1, 2011 11:54 am

    Here is a shot I took at the 2011 Petit Lemans at Road Atlanta.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/101816468293586928647/2011PetitLeMans?authkey=Gv1sRgCO-Qh5PR2tqyLQ#5666502507916844274

  • CFay November 30, 2011 11:36 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/charissafay/6424796583/

  • Marlon Briones November 30, 2011 04:55 pm

    more panning with motorcycles on the road

  • Aaron Dalton November 30, 2011 12:40 pm

  • Dean Weigel November 30, 2011 01:40 am

    I just got my Rebel T3i 4 days ago...

    Took this Sunday night in Tokyo.

    http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/89turboshadow/JAPAN/Camera%20Fun%20Nov2011/IMG_0692FACE.jpg

    Tuesday night in Yokosuka(where I am stationed).
    http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a244/89turboshadow/JAPAN/Camera%20Fun%20Nov2011/IMG_0759.jpg

  • Rohit Ganda November 29, 2011 10:22 pm

    http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6178/6203212080_2a7aeb3555_z.jpg

  • Filipe November 29, 2011 07:52 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/scramjet74/6420680649/in/photostream/lightbox/

  • luntiangrace November 29, 2011 02:41 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/12872431@N00/6417922933/

  • JC Maldonado November 28, 2011 03:35 pm

    Here is one of my entries, taken at an Xmas day parade.

    https://twitter.com/#!/Jmal18/status/141008894653763584/photo/1

    This second one is probably my favorites from the very first time I ever used a DSLR.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmal18/4547904919/in/photostream

  • JesseAdams November 28, 2011 12:47 pm

    Went out today to get a new photo for the challenge and practise my panning shots.
    Here is a shot of a plane taking off from Nelson, British Columbia.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26431673@N04/6415442447/in/photostream

  • Marlon Briones November 28, 2011 10:55 am

    panning wide subjects
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/299574_290488207647374_114525435243653_1139422_283032778_n.jpg

    panning tight subjects
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/302997_275029885859873_114525435243653_1077878_1235822798_n.jpg

    photos taken on the same street at different dates.

  • Arnold Dubin November 28, 2011 10:09 am

    I took this photo when I was walking around Rome.

  • Nitesh November 28, 2011 05:58 am

  • Kerry Sellers November 28, 2011 05:49 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kerryq8/6109771421/in/set-72157627455106253

  • ravi uppal November 28, 2011 05:12 am

    https://www.facebook.com/ravi.uppal2?sk=photos#!/photo.php?fbid=10150377807482623&set=a.10150377806927623.341333.679797622&type=3&theater

  • ratnendu November 28, 2011 04:04 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42470206@N06/6412326631/[/img]

  • ratnendu November 28, 2011 04:03 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/42470206@N06/6412326631/

  • ratnendu November 28, 2011 04:01 am

  • Axel November 28, 2011 01:45 am

  • dbkonop November 27, 2011 10:45 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/7ifzx9
    Ugandan Taxi.

  • Mridula November 27, 2011 10:26 pm

    Tried it for the first time after reading the tips given in the linked articles. Here is the result-

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2011/11/try-panning-as-a-beginner.html

  • Mohammad Asif Matin November 27, 2011 09:24 pm

    This pic was taken in Aqua park Qatar, people experiencing fierce motion on an adventurous ride....

  • moot November 27, 2011 08:56 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/t_tmootstert_t/6410380899/sizes/z/in/photostream/

  • Laurentiu Vasiliu November 27, 2011 06:47 pm

    GTT Drift competition - Brasov, Romania
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=139139589494359&set=a.139138872827764.36017.100001949563620&type=3&theater
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=139140089494309&set=a.139138872827764.36017.100001949563620&type=3&theater
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=139140129494305&set=a.139138872827764.36017.100001949563620&type=3&theater

  • Laurentiu Vasiliu November 27, 2011 06:31 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=208986102509707&set=a.113436268731358.19368.100001949563620&type=3&theater

  • Justin November 27, 2011 03:10 pm

    Mine is from a couple of months ago, during an annual bicycle race in town.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/just-in-musing/6188776404/

  • Jed Delmiguez November 27, 2011 09:32 am

    Great timing for this article. Photo taken just last night.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=268757819841327&set=a.268755076508268.77615.152830668100710&type=1&theater

  • Mark Gilliland November 27, 2011 07:06 am

    http://www.markgillilandonline.com/Other/Singles/13516046_cdvn8W#984662477_dhFBN-A-LB

  • Alex November 27, 2011 07:04 am

    Drifting in Bucharest
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11598089@N07/6406894771/in/photostream

  • dbkonop November 27, 2011 05:47 am

    http://flic.kr/p/7eWY2y

  • Saurav November 27, 2011 04:47 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamta-saurav/6404047769/
    Canon 600D
    ISO200, f/7.1, 1/50Sec

  • CGMethven November 27, 2011 03:54 am

    Zipping through Spain on a scooter...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cgmethven/6249772304/in/set-72157627902208908

  • Bonnie November 27, 2011 02:49 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonnieryanphotography/sets/72157628159378967/

  • Raluca Melania November 27, 2011 02:29 am

    some park shots:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14005857@N00/6405134167/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14005857@N00/6405136639/

  • vic November 27, 2011 01:19 am

    I hope it works this time...

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6403238043_7f936ac729_z.jpg
    http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6008/6206624912_847a10fcf5_z.jpg

  • Derek November 26, 2011 11:44 pm

    http://t.co/h8wewUdg

    I uploaded the same item twice oops!

  • Derek November 26, 2011 11:39 pm

    http://t.co/h8wewUdg

    Me secont image, same location. Princes street Edinburgh

  • Derek November 26, 2011 11:36 pm

    http://t.co/avWs94p3

    In Edinburgh

  • Udayam R. Bassul November 26, 2011 10:58 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/udayam/6385973475|

  • Janna November 26, 2011 07:06 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/actdontreact/6404024651/
    My first try at panning, taken a few months ago. I'll try to get some new ones tomorrow :)

  • Janna November 26, 2011 06:57 pm

  • Michael Reed November 26, 2011 04:31 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/runmikereed/6402881187/in/photostream

    Odds Against

  • raghavendra November 26, 2011 04:30 pm

    This panning picture is taken in night.

    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/11/in-motion.html

  • Shadman November 26, 2011 01:22 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shadmanhussain/6310419871/in/photostream

    Tried freezing that childhood memory we all cherish - riding a swing

  • Shadman November 26, 2011 01:14 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shadmanhussain/6310419871/in/photostream

    Tried to freeze that childhood memory that we all cherish - riding a swing.

  • Rodrigo Sarzosa November 26, 2011 12:57 pm

    This is a photo of really low angle of fast sport car! hoe you like IT~~~

    .

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodrigosarzosa/6196444145/

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  • Joey Rico November 26, 2011 12:09 pm

    http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m531/itlog_alienscream/Local/Northern_Samar/Northern_Samar_Fiesta_072.jpg

  • Joey Rico November 26, 2011 12:08 pm

  • Erik Kerstenbeck November 26, 2011 11:29 am

    Hi

    Here is a bit of horse racing action from the track at Del Mar, California

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/the-homestretch/

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer November 26, 2011 11:02 am

    I only ever made a motion blur (panning) shot very recently, and coincidentally it features a jeep like the lead shot in the post:

    http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2011/8/5/photography-tip-creating-motion-blur-for-car-photography.html

  • Umesh November 26, 2011 10:54 am

    Here are my contribution to this weeks challenge..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/udithaumesh/6328317094/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/udithaumesh/6328351282/in/photostream

  • Brad Ferguson November 26, 2011 09:44 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/treefrogfurniture/6227990487/' title='sniper' url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6212/6227990487_1529499c93.jpg'] A recent panning shot of one of the fastest skaters on my local roller derby team, The Low Country HighRollers.

  • Lars Dahlin November 26, 2011 09:16 am

    This is two pictures that I took in Chennai a couple of months ago.

    Panning left:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alopex/5439031420/in/set-72157625799192917/

    Panning right:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alopex/5439037278/in/set-72157625799192917/

    Regards!
    /Lars

  • Elskamp November 26, 2011 08:42 am

    I really love panning shots... got a couple:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elskamp/4772818084/in/set-72157624574105763/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elskamp/4772854872/in/set-72157624446034278/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elskamp/6050257071/in/set-72157627325318095/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elskamp/6050844312/in/set-72157627325318095/

  • Benjamin Golinvaux November 26, 2011 08:37 am

    Hello
    Here are two shots of my daughter and my son at Bobejaanland in Belgium.

    [eimg url='http://golinvaux.smugmug.com/Other/2007-07-31-Journée-à/i-6RMqF3j/1/L/20070731-11h09m28s-016-L.jpg' title='20070731-11h09m28s-016-L.jpg']
    [eimg url='http://golinvaux.smugmug.com/Other/2007-07-31-Journée-à/i-6SPBHjK/1/L/20070731-11h10m44s-017-L.jpg' title='20070731-11h10m44s-017-L.jpg']

  • Benjamin Golinvaux November 26, 2011 08:36 am

    Hello
    Here are two shots of my daughter and my son at Bobejaanland in Belgium.

    http://golinvaux.smugmug.com/Other/2007-07-31-Journée-à/i-6SPBHjK/1/L/20070731-11h10m44s-017-L.jpg
    http://golinvaux.smugmug.com/Other/2007-07-31-Journée-à/i-6RMqF3j/1/L/20070731-11h09m28s-016-L.jpg

  • Benjamin Golinvaux November 26, 2011 08:35 am

    Hello

    Here are two shots of my daughter and my son at Bobejaanland in Belgium.

    http://golinvaux.smugmug.com/Other/2007-07-31-Journée-à/i-6SPBHjK/1/L/20070731-11h10m44s-017-L.jpg

    http://golinvaux.smugmug.com/Other/2007-07-31-Journée-à/i-6RMqF3j/1/L/20070731-11h09m28s-016-L.jpg

  • Kristine November 26, 2011 08:27 am

    This made me horribly sick! Lol
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/33414049@N08/6374409707/in/photostream/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/33414049@N08/6374410579/in/photostream/

  • Felipe Arruda November 26, 2011 07:59 am

    My best panning… for now. Blue Wheels!
    [eimg url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6096/6213253814_6e8ff0d2d0_z.jpg' title='6213253814_6e8ff0d2d0_z.jpg']
    http://flic.kr/p/at3xTL

  • Felipe Arruda November 26, 2011 07:57 am

    My best panning... for now. Blue Wheels!

  • Jeff E Jensen November 26, 2011 07:30 am

    One more:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/11/motion.html

  • Scott MC November 26, 2011 07:24 am

    This morning, Tweed Valley Way, Murwillumbah NSW.. http://tweed360.com.au/2011/11/26/26-november-panning/

  • Jeff E Jensen November 26, 2011 07:24 am

    Here's a couple from last month.

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/10/motion.html

  • Andrew November 26, 2011 06:47 am

    sorry for duplicate if any, something with your comment form

  • Andrew November 26, 2011 06:45 am

    Here are some of my shots taken @ MTB Moldova:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koc0u/6043206134/in/set-72157627433151106
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koc0u/6018665197/in/set-72157627433151106

  • Andrew November 26, 2011 06:42 am

    Here some of my shots taken @ MTB Moldova:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koc0u/6018665197/in/set-72157627433151106
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koc0u/6043206134/in/set-72157627433151106

  • Alex November 26, 2011 06:41 am

    Here some of my shots @ MTB Moldova:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koc0u/6018665197/in/set-72157627433151106
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/koc0u/6043206134/in/set-72157627433151106

  • Sanjeewa November 26, 2011 06:40 am

    [eimg url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6114/6357147439_dfb229dd25_b.jpg' title='6357147439_dfb229dd25_b.jpg']

  • cpando November 26, 2011 06:25 am

    this one is also a porsche, this is a custom electric one made by Ruf. AQ little part of it is part or my job.

    [eimg url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6023/5940277242_9f2369ed41_o.jpg' title='5940277242_9f2369ed41_o.jpg']

  • JesseAdams November 26, 2011 06:13 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/26431673@N04/6302804616/' title='Makoto Panning :-)' url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6105/6302804616_5839df31e6.jpg']

  • JesseAdams November 26, 2011 06:04 am

    Here is a panning shot I took while on a trip to Paris of a Porsche 911 driving around the Place de l'Étoile.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26431673@N04/3742626071/in/set-72157621631439963