Just before my vacation in the Alps, I had to go to Amsterdam on a short notice. It was my second time there and I decided to take my camera with me to do some shooting after work. I don’t know what triggered the idea, but I spontaneously made up my mind to take this opportunity and experiment with panning! Panning is a photography technique where you try (!) to get a crisp shot of a fast moving subject by panning your camera in the left-right direction. The relative velocity w.r.t. the subject would be best at zero.
The theory is as simple as that, but when it comes to moving at the exact same speed as the subject, I could only rely on one of the most well-known and fundamental methods called… trial and error, or better call it, guess and check. Let me just say that there were an awful lot of ‘errors’ (blurry subject against blurrier background), I wasn’t sure whether I was doing it right. But at least it was fun, and it made me feel very accomplished when I accidentally caught a clear shot. So I did that for a few hours straight, while walking around the canals in Amsterdam.
The second day, I had again a couple of hours to kill before my flight at night. I explored a little more of the city, and simply enjoyed the sunny weather. Below are some of the photos I took during these two days. I am pretty satisfied with the results from the panning experiment (though a very small fraction of them). And I was again amazed by the beautiful A’dam, it never occurred to me that the Hollanders were so much aware of interior design and… making things pretty. Well, it was impressive, wherever you look, there’s something beautiful to be found.