Panning in the Rain

In Tainan waiting for the bus to take us to the Five Canals and Confucius Cultural Zones it was just pouring rain. The whole time I couldn’t help but be amazed by all the scooters flying around. The colorful rain coats and noisy scooters spraying water puddles all over. I had already been shooting photos of the zipping scooters with a slower shutter speed to try to catch their energy. But the combination of the rain and panning really worked. Here’s a few of my favorite shots.

Scooter Pan in the Rain

Scooter Pan in the Rain | Nikon D700 85mm F11 iso 100 1/15

Actually my favorite one  was of the bicyclist who was going by at a pretty good clip herself just not quite as crazy as the motorized ones.

Tainan Bicycle in the Rain

Tainan Bicycle in the Rain | Nikon D700 85mm F8 1/25 iso 100

If you want to try this out for yourself then just turn down the shutter speed, use a longer lens (or wide if you’re close to the subject) and try to keep your following motion close to the pace of your subject. The faster they’re going or the slower your shutter speed the more abstract it will be.

Scooter in the Rain

Scooter Pan in the Rain 2 | Nikon D700 85mm F8 iso 100 1/30

Motorbike Panning in the Rain

Motorbike Panning in the Rain | Nikon D700 85mm F8 iso 100 1/10

Scooter Pan and Splash

Scooter Pan and Splash | Nikon D700 85mm F8 1/25 iso 100

Have fun and hope you enjoy.

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