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James Tyrrell

Photographic Guide/Media Team

James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Wildlife Panning Blur: Mastering the Basics

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Great tips James.

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks, I think. Now I’ll be spending any available time remembering and practicing these techniques before my next visit to Londdolozi.

Leonie De Young
Senior Digital Ranger

Some really good and helpful hints James. Thanks for sharing with us.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Panning is so tricky and requires practice in addition to learning the math. Great tips here. I’d really like to practice this technique when I’m there in late March……

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

Thanks James. Very informative.

Michael Fleetwood
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks James for the photography posts! I’m going on safari in the northern Sabi Sands next year so appreciate these tip posts. I’ve read some of your previous spotlight/night posts but would you be able to do one and how eye shine is affected when taking photos at night?

Joan Schmiidt
Digital Tracker

James, what a great job at panning photos. I have never tried to pan photos, but maybe when we are there in 2020, I can try it!

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

Thanks James! I eventually had some success when I took many shots and found at least one of a leopard descending from a tree that was fairly decent. (I now realized that the weather was overcast.)
Still think you’re being overly critical of the elephant foot shot.

Hope you enjoyed last weekend!

Vin Beni
Digital Tracker

Shared this with my photo instructor who used it in a class he was teaching!

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Haha thanks Vin! Hope we can get some nice panning shots for you when you next visit!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Excellent discussion James and the first two sentences in your blog describe the task PERFECTIVELY! Thank your for an excellent explanation. We’ve tried instinctively to pan but with exactly the conclusions you mention and most all of those pics have been deleted. Your list of “rules” will help structure our thinking so maybe we will have a chance next time. We have practiced on moving cars but animals are much more fun!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

This is one photographic technique I’ve never tried!

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