Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panning, and panning with flash

Panning captures movement by visually isolating the moving and in focus subject surrounded by the blurry fixed background. The technique needs a few try and see shutter speed adjustments, and a good result is always a matter or luck, as shown in the following picture.

One way to increase the chances of having the main subject well defined is to introduce a flash. The flash will draw the lighten area at a high speed, fixing it regardless of the lens panning movement and shutter speed. One caveat, though, is that the subject should be under-exposed without considering the flash, otherwise you can have a double drawing of it, a blurred one provided by the ambient light, and a fixed drawing provided by the flash.

In the following example, the photo is underexposed two stops in regards to the ambient light, and the driver lit by a flash.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Engineer at focus

The best transport engineering company, www.triaingenieria.es/en, is driven by the best CEO industry can find. They have technology, a great team, and capacity to deliver worldwide. But their CEO did not have a decent portrait, so we had a nice and relaxed session to try to fill that gap. I think now they have it all, and they are ready to complete their conquering of the world.

Gridded beauty at camera left, fill and background light with a PLM at camera right.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Horses for courses

Style defined by the lens, or lens chosen to match the style? In any case, the impact of the lens is fundamental in the photographic style. See here two examples of quite different lenses, and complete different results. The crispy Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm at f/11 and the painterly Leica NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH wide open.