Panning the fall

At Kent Weakley’s “Photography Adventure” in Vermont a few weeks ago (which was awesome, by the way!), as we stood near a grove of trees that were shedding their leaves, Kent mentioned that a good way to capture the movement of the leaves would be to use a panning technique on them. Makes sense! I didn’t get any useable leaf-panning shots that day, but this afternoon – while in my front yard – I decided to give it a try.

Falling Leaf

Falling Leaf (f/14, 1/10, ISO 320)


Many digital photos were sacrificed in my attempt to find one that was usable.  Hubby calls this a “niche” photo – panned shots of leaves aren’t for everyone – but I’m happy to have recorded one falling leaf, anyway, now that almost all of the branches are bare.

Technical stuff: This post on Digital Photography School is a nice primer on panning; I’ve mentioned it before when talking about motion. The key is to have a nice slow shutter speed – something that’s easier on low light days like today.



    • Kent is such a good, thoughtful instructor. He went out of his way to make sure that he spent some individual time with everyone, giving ideas, making suggestions, answering questions. He also had everything incredibly well planned – we even managed to work around the terrible weather. My only complaint, and it’s a small one, is something I noticed in his online class – that he never says anything negative (even constructively negative), so it’s hard to gauge sometimes what he’s really thinking.

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