Project – Photographing Movement (2)

Project: Photographing movement

Exercise 5 : Panning with different shutter speeds (p. 21)


The aim of the exercise was to :-

  • Follow the movement of something moving continuously in front of me.
  • Compare the results of different shutter speeds.
  • Choose the photograph I like the best.

I thought about taking pictures of someone walking or cycling but decided, instead, to photograph cars.  I live just off a busy main road which has a 50mph speed limit, although the cars seem to go much more quickly (especially when I’m trying to cross over to the Common on the other side!).

To begin with, I stood on the pavement so that I could hear the cars coming round the bend and be ready for them. However, I then realised that I could be forming a danger to traffic if people were slowing down to see what I was doing and so I moved further back in the short access road to the Close.  The problem there was that I then couldn’t hear the cars as well, or see them. Read the rest of this entry »

Project – Photographing movement

Exercise 4 : Shutter speeds (p. 20)


The aim of the exercise was to :-

  • Focus in front of something that moves several times or continuously and use a tripod
  • Make a series of exposures from the fastest shutter speed to a very slow one, adjusting the aperture each time to maintain the same exposure.
  • Compare the finished images and find the slowest shutter speed at which the movement is sharply frozen.

My first thought was to ask my husband to ride up and down on his bike or walk up and down.  Then I thought of moving water – maybe our small water fountain – but I was told that it might not be a good idea because it was probably silted up at the moment.  Suggestion was made of a running tap but I didn’t like the idea of wasting water!  Instead we decided on a trip to Wisley RHS Gardens, mainly to see the butterflies, but, of course, there are water features there.

There are several small water cascades in the gardens but I decided to see the butterflies first in the Glasshouse where there is also a larger waterfall.  Read the rest of this entry »

TAOP Introduction: Focus at different apertures

17.1.11 Exercise 3: Focus at different apertures (p.18).

The aims of the exercise were to :-

  • Find a subject with depth (e.g a row of things seen from an angle).
  • Stand at an angle to the row, with camera on tripod and focus on an obvious point.
  • Take 3 pictures – widest aperture; mid point and smallest aperture whilst ensuring that  the shutter speed is adjusted to maintain the same exposure.
  • Compare the 3 prints and draw on each one what you see as the limits of sharpness.

Setting up

I had difficulties in choosing what I thought would be a good scene – mostly due to my inhibitions about using my camera in public places with a tripod which I know I will have to get over.  A line of cars would have been ideal but as soon as I reached a row parked on the road or in a car park various scenarios ran through my mind about people rushing along and saying, “What do you think you’re doing taking photos of my car!”  I had similar thoughts about rows of houses.  I think it was the tripod that was causing the problem in my mind because it takes time to set up and I couldn’t just take quick shots. I needed the tripod though to make sure I kept the same focus. Read the rest of this entry »

TAOP Introduction – Project: Focus

10.1.11 Exercise 2: Focus with a set aperture (p.17)

The aims of the exercise were to :-

  • Find a scene which has depth.
  • From the same place take 2 or 3 pictures, each focused on something at a different distance with a wide lens aperture.
  • Compare the processed photographs.
  • State why you prefer one photograph over another.

a- Setting up the scene

I had two trial runs to begin with.  Read the rest of this entry »

TAOP- Introduction

9.1.11 Exercise 1: Focal length and angle of view (p.16)

The aims of the exercise were to: –

  • Establish the standard focal length of my camera
  • Take 3 photographs of the same scene from the same spot utilising standard, wide and telephoto settings
  • Hold each of A4 printed photographs and move them towards or away from me until the printed scene appears the same size as my view of the real scene to establish the distance from my eye. Read the rest of this entry »