Need for Speed

…Shutter speed that is.

Last week I took time to do some research on some photography jargon, but didn’t provide any of my own examples. This week, I decided that I really needed to rectify that. So I got my new (relatively) Canon DSLR camera out, and took a good number of shots this week to demonstrate my ability to adjust the shutter speed on my camera in order to capture motion.

(For those that are curious, I am using a Canon EOS Rebel XT, with a 18-55mm lens. This is actually my first time ever using a DSLR camera, so I am actually really proud of these shots! If any of you have been using them for a while and would like to leave a few tips and tricks in the comments, that would be very helpful!!!)

 

Blurred Motion, Number One

 

To begin with, to the left I have my first example of blurred motion. I call it “Homestead Senior Living during storm”. I took this image on January 22nd, 2018, around 9/10ish at night. The image was taken using a 13 second exposure, f/18, ISO 100, and my camera set up on a tripod.

 

 

Blurred Motion, Number Two

This second example of blurred motion is called, “Rexburg Main Street during storm”. I also took this image on January 22nd, 2018 around 9/10ish at night. The image was taken using a 13 second exposure, f/22, ISO 100, and my camera set up on a tripod.

 

 

 

Frozen Motion, Number One

The first image for my faster shutter speed is called, “Main Street Station day after storm”. It was taken on January 23rd, 2018, around 10 in the morning. The image was taken using a 1/500th of a second exposure, f/4.5, ISO 100, and my camera set up on a tripod.

 

 

 

Frozen Motion, Number Two

The second image that I shot is called, “Main Street and 5th West day after storm”. It was taken on January 23rd, 2018, around 10 in the morning. The image was taken using a 1/400th of a second exposure, f/5.6, ISO 100, and my camera set up on a tripod.

 

 

Just a bit about the shoot

I had planned this motion shoot a couple of days in advance. I had watched the weather and waited for the day that a snow storm would blow through Rexburg. I knew as well, that Main Street was a rather busy road, especially leading up to the highway on-ramps. With these things in mind, I scouted out the perfect location along the street to get some good shots. I got really lucky with the types of headlights on cars casting different colored lights for my blurred, as well as the cars the next day for the frozen shoot. I spent about thirty minutes camped out at each location, taking multiple shots, until I felt I had captured what I wanted to. For the day after shots, it was all gray, with the passing cars as the only color sources, so I opted to do a black and white shoot to really bring out the different values to create a stunning piece.

 

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