Is panning photography for wildflowers a thing? Sure! Especially if you are a nature photographer wanting a camera technique to create some spectacular, fine art images. I don’t mean panning as in searching for flecks of gold like the miners of the forties. I mean panning with your camera to create images like the one shown here.
The panning method I employ challenges the traditional use and definition of panning in photography. Traditionally speaking, panning with your camera involves following a moving subject in order to capture it sharply while conveying a sense of movement through the streaking of objects in other parts of the image. You’ve likely seen photos of race cars, cyclists, and other fast moving subjects that illustrate this concept. Further, most definitions indicate panning is only horizontal. While I can agree with these two tenets, I think there is more!