Vertically panned

Online photographer friend Barb Kellogg recently posted a link on Facebook to a post on the Nik Education site, by Kathleen Clemons, about vertical panning. I’ve been trying it out on various vertical subjects, and have had the best luck with the trees on a nearby lake.

Beebe Lake

Beebe Lake. f/22, 1 1/3 sec, ISO 100

The picture above was taken late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve… we got a little dusting of snow that night, so I went out on Christmas afternoon to try a comparison shot. The snow really gave it a different look!

Beebe Lake: Winter

Snowy Beebe Lake. f/22, 1/5 second, ISO 100

I also tried the technique out on a few buildings. This shot of McGraw Hall was post-processed in Silver Efex.

McGraw Hall

McGraw Hall. f/32, 1/2 sec, ISO 100

I’m loving the dreamy effect, but my guess is that it’s not for every taste. If you’re interested in giving it a try, Kathleen’s post gives some of the “how” details. She recommends trying out the different filters in Color Efex… I may need to download the trial version and give it a go!

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One comment

  1. I love the Beebe Lake images, especially the winter one. And I’ve never tried the technique on buildings–very intriguing result. It’s definitely trial and error until you get something you like.


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