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March Assignment: Shutter Speed

avm247

Rancho Cordova, US
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avm247 Moderator Awarded for high skills in documentary architecture and aviation photography Donor Ribbon. Awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Charter Member
Fri 01-Mar-13 01:57 AM

In the March Assignment, I want to explore the other side of the exposure: the shutter. While the aperture determines how much light reaches the sensor (or film emulsion) and controls the depth of field, the shutter controls how long the light reaches the sensor (or film emulsion) and has a bearing on subject movement. It can freeze the beating wings of a hummingbird or blur the movement of a running brook.

Given certain lighting conditions, you should be able to hand hold (with FX bodies and lenses) 1/focal length of the lens for maximum sharpness at IS0 100. So with my F100 or D700 and a 50mm lens, I should be able to hand hold that combo down to 1/60 sec (rounding since 1/50 sec really isn't a stop). In reality, with good hand holding technique I can get 1/30s sometimes slower. Vibration Reduction lenses - VR - are a great tool to help keep camera movement from reducing the apparent sharpness of the subject but it can't keep a subject from being fidgity (or moving with the wind . Tripods, obviously help with slower speeds by keeping everything steady, too.

So get out, shoot some action, stop the the action, try to get some blur, be creative and see what you can come up with.

There is no right or wrong. We all learn from mistakes, too, so don't be afraid to post something that didn't work and try to figure out why...or just ask.

F4F Wildcat, 2012 California Capital Airshow, Mather Field Airport, Sacramento, CA

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D700/MB-D10 | AF 70-300 D ED | Aperture Priority Exposure 1/125s @ f/11 | ISO 200

I followed the Wildcat through the viewfinder and panned with it, releasing the shutter (Single Servo AF) as the warbird flew perpendicular to me. Shot at f/11 to ensure most of the plane was in sharp, knowing that 1/125 would be slow enough to blur the propellers and I could still get a fairly sharp image.


Anthony

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