I put this panoramic up for one reason – to show the unexpected, the uncontrollable. This pan image is created by continuously moving the camera from left to right and holding the horizon as straight as possible. The unexpected comes into play when another moving object crosses the camera’s path. There is no predicting the results and that is interesting to me. Here in the middle of the frame is a car moving in the same direction as my pan. It’s a little thing, isn’t it?

For those that have been to Vegas, another unusual aspect of this image is that there is only one car on The Strip. Some might wonder if I got up super early to get an image with no traffic, but I only get up super early to post on 500px, not to shoot photos. What I did was pay a guy that was hanging around to run back and forth across the road for a minute while I did my pan - but one car still whizzed by him! Unbelievable.

Back story: It’s time for something different for me. I got a new camera recently, a Fujifilm X-E1, but shortly before that I got the most widely used camera I saw on vacation last week – the smartphone camera. In my case it’s an iPhone (and a few photo apps). I have been reading about pro photographers going off on trips or assignments and using their phones to record images. I also have read that some stock agencies have begun to allow submissions from camera phones. I thought, why not? I like new shooting experiences. I'll mix it up.

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