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Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004

panning ,or out of focus art?

sam here,
with my minolta xtsi and a tamron 70-300,handheld, i've covered two r/c aircraft flyins.when the planes make their pass across the airfield I take my shot,and i've gotten some great results.the numbers are very clear,the little pilot has a face,and the spokes on the wheels are sharp,and they're doing over I thought i'd compare them to pictures on the panning part of this site.there were many finalists,2nd place winners,but I was amased at how out of focus all the pictures were.what did I miss? should I have taken my few out of focus shots and run them through fotoshop to make them artsy,or set the wrong shutter speed?
the ideas and suggestions for panning I thought were great,but that's not even close to what I saw.
in one picture supposdly panning,the street sign was in focus,no stationary object will be in focus if your panning,period!
i've been told that you can't handhold a 300mm on this site and get in focus shots,panning or not.
so why don't the out of focus macro shots get to win awards?i guess I am just wondering?

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4/15/2005 9:17:28 PM

Karma Wilson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  We all have times when we wonder why a certain photo did or did not win--it's a part of any contest. I don't know which shots you are referring to, but I've seen some great panning shots on this site. Judging is subjective and I'm sure the judges had reasons for choosing those photos.

Were the wheels on the planes you shot spinning at the time?


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4/16/2005 10:02:16 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
thanks for the response,i've learned a lot just from the questions and answers here.i wasn't really complaining about the judges I was more concerned about aspiring photographers who might look at the pictures and think that's what theirs should look like,or maybe they should?
no the wheels wern't spinning,that would really be a trick.thanks sam

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4/17/2005 10:22:23 AM

Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  karma,three of those r/c photos are in my gallery,if you've never been to an r/c(remote controlled) fly-in,they are really impressive,and most are free.
thanks sam

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4/17/2005 11:00:28 AM

Karen E. Michaels
  Sam, I've been showing my work for some years. One year, one of the judges used one of my paintings on "how not to do a portrait". At the end of the show, while I did not get any awards from judges, my painting, "Global Economy", was judged best by the people attending the exhibit. Lesson; trust your work, and don't expect outside validation. Do it because you cannot live without producing work. Peace, karen

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4/18/2005 10:46:32 AM

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