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.
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.