Polo Movement

I get very few opportunities to practice my panning technique against fast-moving objects, so when we went to see a Polo Match at Chester Races a few weeks ago I couldn’t resist. The idea is to choose a slow-ish shutter speed in combination with a smooth horizontal panning motion to try to capture the sense of movement, but at the same time keeping some part of the subject in sharp focus.

They say that practice makes perfect, and I definitely think it does with this particularly challenging technique, which is why I would rate the following three images as only partially successful. However I think they are just about worthy of posting and sharing:

Polo, Chester Races, Chester, Cheshire, England

Polo, Chester Races, Chester, Cheshire, England

Polo, Chester Races, Chester, Cheshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

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6 Responses to “Polo Movement”

  1. Vicki

    Well done, Mark.
    As you say, it does require practice.

    (I’ve had a few tries, but with a stiff lumbar spine area from 2 lots of surgery, I just can’t twist fast enough. I also have trouble trying to capture flying birds, unless its seagulls slowly gliding in to land on the sand 🙂 ).

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