2010 Cedar Point – Panning 1762, originally uploaded by BokehMojo.

I recently visited Cedar Point with the family for our annual trip to America’s Roller Coast! We had our typically great time and thought that I would try to get a shot “panning.” Oddly enough this was the first time I had ever tried to do this (on purpose anyway!).

That being said I did learn quite a bit. I spent about 10-15 minutes messing around with this (the girls thankfully went on the ride several times!). I tried various shutter speeds, apertures, etc. There is a certain rhythm/body movoement you have to find to finally capture a good shot.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is that this technique takes practice. A lot of practice. Shoot tons of photos and eventually one will come out sharp.

I obviously still have a lot of work to do to master this topic, but it was a LOT of fun and I think you should try this next time you are at the amusement park.

I think this shot is so much better than the static shots I normally take in this situation!

PS – I think this was the only good shot I got of the 30-40 that I took!  If you want to see what most of them looked like, check out the Flickr:

Panning for Gold at Cedar Point