If they can make sharks fly, cars can be made to do the same. Below was the coolest car I photographed at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip near Cicero, New York on Sunday, August 23, 2015.
My goal was to push my panning skills some. Normally, I shoot the cars at ESTA at a shutter speed of 1/250 or 1/125. For shutter speeds less than that I used a tripod. I found at 1/60th of a second, I could easily get the cars but found the photos were not that much different than what I had done before.
When I dropped the shutter speeds to 1/30th of a second, I got the look I was going for. Much more background movement behind and in front of the dragracers.
In using the tripod, I knew the panning motion would be smooth and level. I only needed to pan at the correct speeds. Remember, in motion photography, success is getting one or two photos out of a series of shoots. For instance, I took 300 panning photos and have selected 84 which might be good enough to keep. Once I edit those, I will end up with about 20 I feel will have that WOW factor when people see them.