Photo Epic: #PanShotFriday - Slowing it Down to Look Fast

Mar 26, 2020 at 17:35
by Dave Trumpore  



We've been digging through social media trends and photo archives looking for various themes to keep ourselves entertained during these long days of social distancing and working from home. While some are one hit wonders and other are just a flash in the pan (pun fully intended), there is one long lasting one that never seems to get old and generates some truly inspiring and unique imagery.

That, of course, would be Olly Wilkins' #PanShotFriday.

That ever so special combination of slow shutter speed, focal length, color, and above all else SPEED. Hard to visualize when standing trackside, often even harder to master, and we'd be lying if we said there were not some elements of luck thrown in there when elements beyond your control align to create something truly beautiful. But the best part is that the shots can never be repeated, not even at World Cup venues we visit year in and year out. Even if shot in the same place from day to day or year to year, the results will never be the same. Now if only we could say that about every other angle as say Fort William or Leogang...

Enjoy a selection this week of Pinkbike's WC team comprised of Dave Trumpore, Nathan Hughes, Matthew Delorme, Ross Bell and Andy Vathis as they dig through some of their personal favorites from the past few seasons.

While we could keep this going strong with our own work for the next few weeks, we'd much rather showcase some of the incredible shots we know the Pinkbike community has hiding on their own hard drives. So scroll down, get inspired, and send your best pan shots to Dave Trumpore's DM for a chance to be featured next week, and the week after, and maybe the week after that. Be sure to add the rider's name and location so we can hype them up too.


DAVE TRUMPORE

Brendan Fairclough - Lenzerheide 2016
Brendan Fairclough - Lenzerheide 2016

Loris Vergier - Leogang 2015
Loris Vergier blasting past the catch netting at Leogang in 2015

Joe Smith - MSA 2015
A top-down pan of Joe Smith at high speed at Mont Sainte Anne, also in 2015

Connor Fearon - Lourdes 2017
Connor Fearon jumps above the crowd at Lourdes.

Lourdes 2015
Flying through the Lourdes gloom

Mark Wallace - MSA 2019
Mark Wallace floating towards a top ten on home soil at this year's World Champs

Greg Minnaar - Lenzerheide 2018
Greg Minnaar - Lenzerheide 2018

Martin Maes - MSA 2019
Martin Maes captured in front of the Mont Sainte Anne gondola in one of his flirtations with downhill.

Remy Morton - Crankworx 2015
Remy Morton preparing to lean it over at Whip Off World Champs.

Mike Jones - MSA 2017
Mike Jones laying down the power.


NATHAN HUGHES

A touch of motocross inspiration from Lutz Weber at the Lourdes World Cup.
A touch of motocross inspiration from Lutz Weber at the Lourdes World Cup.

That s right... uphill pans. Now possible with some help from modern technology. Jerome Clementz flies through French forest.
That's right... uphill pans. Now possible with some help from modern technology. Jerome Clementz flies through French forest.

Loic Bruni hammering the upper switchbacks at the Cairns World champs he would later go on to win.
Loic Bruni hammering the upper switchbacks at the Cairns World champs he would later go on to win.

Few rip harder on the race track than Remi Thirion.
Few rip harder on the race track than Remi Thirion.

A little whiskey-throttle from Aussie thunder Dean Lucas out in California.
A little whiskey-throttle from Aussie thunder, Dean Lucas, out in California.

Nino celebrating before the line en route to becoming World Champ just one more time last season in MSA.
Nino celebrating before the line en route to becoming World Champ just one more time, last season in MSA.

A Cam Zink down-pan shortly before nightfall while guinea-pigging the biggest drop on his line.
A Cam Zink down-pan shortly before nightfall while guinea-pigging the biggest drop on his line.

America s fastest racer whipping up a dusty tornado out in the Pyrenees.
America's fastest racer whipping up a dusty tornado out in the Pyrenees.


MATTHEW DELORME

Antoine Vidal speeds through the forest in Val Di Fassa Italy
Antoine Vidal speeds through the forest in Val Di Fassa, Italy

Kate Courtney pushing hard in Les Gets France
Kate Courtney pushing hard in Les Gets, France

Nino Schurter leads a group in short track in Les Gets France.
Nino Schurter leads a group in short track in Les Gets, France.

Nino and Lars dictate the pace in short track.
Nino and Lars dictate the pace in short track.

Loic Bruni speeds across the line at MSA World Champs.
Loic Bruni speeds across the line at MSA World Champs.

Lea Davison takes a lap of the course in Snowshoe WV.
Lea Davison takes a lap of the course in Snowshoe, WV.

Jolamnda Neff tries to push to the front of the pack in Nove Mesto.
Jolanda Neff tries to push to the front of the pack in Nove Mesto.


ROSS BELL

Mark Scott styling it through the forests of Finale Ligure.
Mark Scott styling it through the forests of Finale Ligure.

Troy Brosnan speeding through the alpine pastures in Leogang.
Troy Brosnan speeding through the Alpine pastures in Leogang.

Loic Bruni through the top section of the technical Lourdes track.
Loic Bruni through the top section of the technical Lourdes track.

Tahnee Seagrave speeding through the crowds lining the length of the Fort Bill track.
Tahnee Seagrave speeding through the crowds lining the length of the Fort Bill track.

Isabeau Courdurier darting through the beech trees in Finale Ligure a couple of seasons ago.
Isabeau Courdurier darting through the beech trees in Finale Ligure a couple of seasons ago.

David Trummer floating above the crowds in Fort William this year.
David Trummer floating above the crowds in Fort William this year.

Loic Bruni floating off a step down in Lenzerheide.
Loic Bruni floating off a step down in Lenzerheide.

Thibaut Daprela on the flat out grass turns in Les Gets this year.
Thibaut Daprela on the flat out grass turns in Les Gets this year.

Laurie Greenland sailing off the finish line drop in Les Gets.
Laurie Greenland sailing off the finish line drop in Les Gets.

Thibaut Daprela blasts through the fastest section of the classic Mont Sainte Anne track.
Thibaut Daprela blasts through the fastest section of the classic Mont Sainte Anne track.


ANDY VATHIS

Loic Bruni tucking to save him every last millisecond of time towards the finish in what was one of the most dramatic ends to a World Cup season in Snowshoe WV. He secured the 2019 overall but not without the help of Danny Hart. Bruni and Pierron battled it out all season long. Somehow the fate of their seasons rested in the hands of Danny Hart who was last to drop. Bruni made a few too many mistakes to put the nail in the coffin himself.
Loic Bruni tucking to save him every last millisecond of time towards the finish in what was one of the most dramatic ends to a World Cup season in Snowshoe, WV. He secured the 2019 overall but not without the help of Danny Hart. Bruni and Pierron battled it out all season long. Somehow the fate of their seasons rested in the hands of Danny Hart who was last to drop. Bruni made a few too many mistakes to put the nail in the coffin himself.

Jolanda Neff celebrating her 2018 win in Albstadt seen through the grated floor on the pedestrian bridge over the finish.
Jolanda Neff celebrating her 2018 win in Albstadt seen through the grated floor on the pedestrian bridge over the finish.

Danny Hart Scrubbing the fog away in Lenzerheide 2018.
Danny Hart scrubbing the fog away in Lenzerheide, 2018.

Brook Macdonald racing his shadow along the Lenzerheide track.
Brook MacDonald racing his shadow along the Lenzerheide track.

The dense yet neatly spaced forest that is Nove Mesto offers unique sight lines through the trees perfect for pans and pots of light. Nino Schurter making quick work of the BMX section.
The dense yet neatly spaced forest that is Nove Mesto offers unique sightlines through the trees perfect for pans and pots of light. Nino Schurter making quick work of the 'BMX' section.

Connor Fearon boosting through the woods in Slovenia.
Connor Fearon boosting through the woods in Slovenia.

The infamous Beatrice at the far end of the Mont Saint Anne course can easily make or break your chances. It s a real nail bitter especially here in 2017 when dropper posts weren t yet truly adapted to XC racing.
The infamous Beatrice at the far end of the Mont Saint Anne course can easily make or break your chances. It's a real nail bitter, especially here in 2017 when dropper posts weren't yet truly adapted to XC racing.

Colorful pans down the Val Di Sole ski jump as riders blast down to the finish at full tilt.
Colorful pans down the Val Di Sole ski jump as riders blast down to the finish at full tilt.

Finn Iles scrubbing his new bike clean into the Maribor finish area last year.
Finn Iles scrubbing his new bike clean into the Maribor finish area last year.



50 Comments

  • 20 0
 Awesome! - Can you include steps on how to take a great Pan shot? Mine never turn out like these.
  • 49 3
 Take a lot of them and throw out 99.9% of the shots you take
  • 23 1
 Step 1: take the pan out of the cupboard
  • 1 0
 @lornee: Spectacular. Thanks for the link.
  • 62 3
 @hirschmj: this is terrible advice .... Practice makes perfect. Start at higher shutter speeds and work your way down. It a muscle memory thing combined with concentration. Holding your breath can help too
  • 7 0
 @me2menow: Step 2: smash your camera with pan
  • 5 3
 Who the frick is downvoting Dave's professional advice?
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: just curious, how many photos that you consider as keeper(s) every 10 attempts at pan shots?
  • 6 0
 @davetrumpore: your photos are amazing, thank you for existing and sharing your masterfully captured images with usSmile
  • 2 0
 right click, copy-paste image url into link on this page to see exif data for any image you really like.

metapicz.com/#landing

S/S: 1/10th to 1/50th sec (depending on speed)
Aperture: typically f/8 or higher value (smaller aperture)
  • 2 0
 @me2menow: Step 2: Cut a hole in the pan...
  • 2 0
 Clean your sensor first (Ross Bell).
  • 2 0
 @davetrumpore: You are the man with this collection of your pan shots. I need to work on that between now and whenever we get back to Mont-Sainte-Anne, hopefully in August. Stay safe Dave, and keep shooing. Hope to see you soon. All the best, BostonDon
  • 1 0
 @DirtbagMatt: Whoa there, I'm not pansexual
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore: Thanks for the tips Dave and your pics are amazing!
  • 7 1
 Martin Maes's "flirtations" with downhill? If downhill were a woman he'd be in jail for assault.
  • 1 0
 Its not like thats where his career started... racing the Belgian downhill series
  • 4 0
 How many thousands of photos does a photographer have to take to get one good pan shot where the rider is actually in focus??? Seems ridiculously difficult, mad props to all of these photographers!!
  • 1 0
 A flash helps if you're close with a wide-angle lens.
  • 1 0
 @brodoyouevenbike: The riders would love this. At least if you don't get the shot you'll contribute to another blinded rider on #FridayFails
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: After a decade of taking photos of people on bikes with a flash there have been 0 instances of them even noticing it.
  • 4 0
 @brodoyouevenbike: bit then you don't get any foreground to shoot through, and often the best pan shots have multiple layers on top of and behind the action. None of the photos in this article were taken with any flash, on or off camera.
  • 4 0
 That shot of Joe Smith may be from 2015 bit it still got me! One of the bike photos of all times for me!
  • 1 0
 Totally agree. The composition, angle and b&w just looks sick.
  • 1 0
 Those are awesome pan photos. Thank you!!
Any chance you can find any photos of Kade Edwards? It got me thinking his colourful outfit nowadays and steeze should make an excellent candidate for pan shot. Extra bonus if there are colourful circles on the background.
Bulldog looks fantastic!!
  • 2 0
 I've got this one of Kade from Loosefest, not the most colourful but a pretty crazy move to pull before hitting the step-down:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/18181307
  • 1 0
 @cagreenwood: Crazy move indeed!! Thank you
  • 2 0
 These very super cool photos remind me of posters I would have hung on my bedroom wall as a kid in the 70's.
  • 3 0
 Holy crap Nathan Hughes first one is amazing!
  • 1 0
 Sure is... I remember building the photo report that night in Lourdes and going "yup... Nathan won the shot of the day"
  • 1 0
 I've loved that Trumpmore photo of Faircloth (first photo) since the first time I saw it. Wish I had disposable income to by a legitimate print of it.
  • 1 0
 Spectacular panshots and equally spectacular dust spots! Suppose he knows his shots are so good he's not even gonna bother removing them.
  • 3 0
 Damn I feel dizzy now
  • 2 0
 That moto style shot tho. Decent!!!
  • 1 0
 I kind of expected this one in the article:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/11371967
  • 1 0
 I remember that Brook Macdonald scrub on the live feed! Man, what a legend!
  • 2 0
 Everyone of these is incredible!
  • 1 0
 @davetrumpore Great article, and bangin' photos!! I've DM'd you some of my attempts.
  • 2 0
 1/5
  • 1 0
 My desktop wallpaper just got a big upgrade, thanks PB.
  • 2 0
 ..
  • 1 0
 2nd photo looks crooked to the header
  • 2 2
 Trumpore is KING just WOW!!!
  • 2 1
 damn these are amazing
  • 2 2
 Spectacular let of images!!
  • 1 1
 Scattershot!

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