Comin or Goin?
There are many ideas on where you should place in the frame a moving subject. I’ve read them all during the years in the hopes of their helping me with my own photography. And what I have come up with after years is purdy darn simple, do I want to say are they coming or are they going?
Since I want to in large part tell a story with my photography, giving a reason to the movement is a large part of my style. For example, a moving subject dead center to me says the subject is, “just moving.” But when you place them near the edge of the frame pointing into the frame, they are comin. If they are near the frame edge and pointing out, they are goin. The movement is, of course, implied so we are looking for other elements such as gesture to finish the storyline. In this case, you have the smoke of the aircraft as well as being able to see the pilot looking off. Shooting with the Z6 / 180-400VR, I started the pan by looking at the background having deciding from the start whether in my photo, they are comin or goin.