Panning Portraits: Seeking Emotion and Dynamism

After taking some portraits of Briana in mid-summer at Edgerton Park, New Haven, I wanted to return there and focus on a tree swing I found that day. So, I did just that when I met with Sangii a few weeks later.

Taking panning portraits is extremely hard, there’s a lot of trial and error involved but when you hit your focal point you’d see an image with a great level of emotion and dynamism that makes it all worth it.

When taking pictures that way I find that using a wide angle lens takes me where I like. is very interesting to me how panning at close range with a broad angle of view makes me feel part of the action.

As we progressed into our photo session, I began using my flash to attempt getting better sharpness. First, I used a bare flash with just a warming gel but shortly after I decided to get a medium size softbox for a more natural lighting effect with diffused shadows.

I think the set of images I got from taking these portraits with Sangii were fine for all intended purposes, but I don’t think I was able to get the shot I still have in mind. So, I hope I’ll be able to return and make another attempt.


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