Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Double Takes With Rebecca: Panning

No, I am not referring to panning for gold, 
but that would be exciting! 
I am referring to capturing the feeling of motion 
in your still photo.  

Here is the Wikipedia description: 
In still photography, the panning technique is used to suggest fast motion, and bring out the subject from other elements in the frame. In photographic pictures it is usually noted by a foreground subject in action appearing still (i.e. a runner frozen in mid-stride) while the background is streaked and/or skewed in the apparently opposite direction of the subject's travel.

I took the photo below from a ferry. 
I steadied myself along the edge of the ferry 
and using a slower shutter speed 
I followed the jet ski as it passed 
with my camera. 

You can see the splash is blurred 
as is the water - 
caused by the slower shutter speed,
Yet the action of the 
jet ski seems stopped - 
cause by following it with the camera. 

If I had a second chance, 
I would have slowed down the shutter speed some more.
But they were not aware of my pleas to circle around again!

Here is a great way to practice...
as long as you don't get too dizzy.
Go to a playground with one of those spinny rides.
I don't know what they are called, 
but you push them and they go round and round.

Sit on one side,
have someone sit opposite of you.
Keep your camera steady by bracing your elbows against yourself.
Spin the ride and snap your photos.

Here is an example.
Note the blurred background from spinning.

So how do you achieve that slower shutter speed?

Option 1:
If you shoot in manual (M)
or shutter/time (S or TV) priority,
you can set your shutter speed. 
How slow depends on what you are shooting, 
how fast it is moving, and how far away you are.
In the above photo, 
the speed was 1/25.

But if it was a race car I was photographing 
and I was relatively close 
I might have used 1/125.
The great thing about digital is you can experiment
and see which way you need to adjust.

To control shutter speed:

Nikon users select M (Manual) or S (Shutter) 
then use the appropriate dial on your camera to select..

Canon users select M (Manual) or TV (Time Value) 
then use the appropriate dial on your camera to select.

If you select S or TV the camera will choose the other settings.
If you select M you will have to make those adjustments yourself 
until you achieve proper exposure.

Option 2 (Possibility):
I am not sure if you can trick a point and shoot 
that does not have manual (M) or shutter priority settings (S or TV)
into doing this or not.
I would start by choosing the landscape/scenery preset on the camera,
usually indicated by the Mountain icon. 

That will let less light in the camera 
forcing a slower shutter speed. 
But the camera might outsmart you and 
raise up the ISO too much
and not achieve a slow enough speed.
But you can always try! 

For examples or idea inspiration 
do a Google search of Panning and select Images.

I hope this gives you something new to try. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spotlight Photos for Symmetry

All of our shooters did a great job this past Friday with the theme of symmetry. I was very impressed!!
Here they are!!

Suzy - The Grand Ballroom of Larnach Castle. My eyes are drawn to the fireplace. And I notice how it is decorated so identically from one side to the other. (is identically a word?)

Ann - Viking Boat. This photo is mesmerizing. I look along the sides at the windows and little wall lights, up to the tip of the boat and down to floor with the posts all around and back again to the windows and lights. When a photo makes your eyes travel all around like that ......... that is a great photo!

Heather - Heart. I had a hard time between choosing this one and the walkway she had posted.

Jama - (to quote Jama)
The underside of the 260meter long   (850ft) and  70 meter-wide (230 ft.) Esplanade  road -bridge that spans across the mouth of the Singapore River in Singapore  which is lighted nightly with different colours.

Pauline - Yucca Plant. Perfect!!

QMM - Ceiling Fixture. A beautiful light. Another photo that draws me in.

From my post many visitors really liked my swans. I don't usually post one of mine, but just thought I would tell you all a little more about the shot. I took this shot with my telephoto lens. I was not close to the swans, and there were many on this part of the river. It was our first freezing frosty morning so it was also foggy. I think they were just trying to sleep away the cold frosty morning. I focused in on these two swans. Notice the ripple on the water behind them? A couple of swans swam through the shot. I didn't like the way it looked with them in the shot so I just waited until they were out of the photo before snapping.

Our theme for this Friday is Lawn Tools. Have fun and use your imagination with this one. And, as always, HAPPY SHOOTING!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spotlight Photos

I think you all deserve an A
for your Letter A finds this week! 

Here are some spotlight photos 
we want to make sure you didn't miss.

An Arched rainbow by EG WOW.

Ambiance by Elaine Dale
Very moody!

Amphibians by Scriptor Senex
Love how the toad appears to be pushing the grass 
out of his way to see.

Autumn by Kerry
What spectacular colors and lines!

Acorns by Kim
A nice capture of an Autumn classic.

Next up is symmetry. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Challenge for November 18 ~ Symmetry ~

This is our challenge for November 18. So .... what is it?
 The balance of design elements where one side equals another.
 Balanced visual weight in the photo.
 The effect of an evenly balanced arrangement of visual information, such as patterns, on either side of a central division.

 Whew!! So what does all that mean? 

Happy Shooting!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Spotlight Photos for Strange, Unusual or Spooky Signs!

As you may know, Mr. Linky is being a little spooky itself this past week and it is not working for us!! If I missed any participants in last Friday's challenge it was unintentional. I did post a discussion post for the naughty Mr. Linky but I just received an email from Sarah and she said all is well now. So sorry for jumping the gun here!! 

What fun to see unusual signs from all over the world.


Dawn Treader


Jama - (we need one of these in my town)

Southwest Arkie - closed due to flying hot mud

This week the challenge for FMTSO is the Letter A. 


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Discussion on Mr. Linky

Hi All! 

 As you may have noticed Mr. Linky has not worked at all this weekend. Now, I just went there and tried to open the comments and those won't work for me also. 
 What to do? 

 FMTSO is open now for any suggestions or ways to do FMTSO a new way. 
 Shall we just do it all on one site?
How about having a post on the weekly challenge and then just go visit everyone by the comments? 
 Does anyone know how to add a link in the comments that would take the reader to their post for FMTSO?
 That would make it very simple I would think.

 Open for discussion...........

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Spotlight Photos for Creepy Crawlies:)

OH my ......creeepy even to me and I love bugs..this gave me the willies. By Dinah!

Beautiful spiderweb!! By Dawn!

Cool creepy snake by Ewow!!

Beautiful, creepy cool pics all!