Panning Wildebeests

When I confirmed my Great Migration photographic safari, I knew that I wanted to try tracking (photographically, that is) some of the wildlife.

Panning is the process of capturing motion in an image by using a slow shutter speed, focusing on a subject and panning with its movements, blurring the background. Shooting something big like a bus is easy, shooting a wild animal when it’s erratically running around, not so much.

However, I really love the look so I was determined to give it a shot (no pun intended). With thousands of wildebeest migrating through the Masai Mara, I had plenty of opportunity to try tracking out, and was happy to capture this mother and calf running across the plains.

Let me know what you think.

For some great tips on how to capture motion, check out this article on Digital Photography School. 


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