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Exercise 3.1

Exercise 3.1 The Frozen moment

Use fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject.

Whilst the brief was to use high speeds/ higher ISO to isolate a frozen moment to avoid visible blur in a photograph I felt it necessary to test the natural levels when shooting a straight forward shot. The first shots all had shutter speeds ranging between 1/500 and 1/800 f5.6 to f8. There is still an element of movement in the wings and depth of field not so good particularly when trying to focus at speed using autofocus.

For the next set I increased shutter speed up to 1/4000 with f8 to f16. This resulted in much more of a frozen image sufficient to freeze the birds’ wings. The greater depth of field allowed much better image success.

The exercise was very good in making me think about framing, what to focus on and how difficult it is to get a meaningful picture properly composed. I personally prefer the shots where there is also a background story to put the bird within a context.