Project 1 The frozen moment

Exercise 3.1

Using fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject. Depending on the available light you may have to select a high ISO to avoid visible blur in the photograph. Try to find the beauty in a fragment of time that fascinated John Szarkowski. Add a selection of shots, together with relevant shooting data and a description of your process (how you captured the images), to your learning log.

Using shutter priority I shot a number of different moving objects outside using different shutter speeds to discover the optimum for freezing subjects of different moving speeds.

_MG_93631/500: f/4.5: ISO 800; Focal length 37mm T

The water stream frozen like this seems unnatural to me.

P10000321/400; f/6; ISO 800: Focal length 77mm

I was surprised that I was able to freeze water droplets at only these shutter speeds.

_MG_0050 ps 1/640; f/6.3; ISO 800; Focal length 300mm

I spent a considerable time “catching waves” and found this shutter speed the most effective.

32 raw1/640:f/7.1; ISO 400; Focal length 70mm

I found the sports photography harder than I had anticipated, not aided by the fading light that afternoon but a speed of 640 secs, which my research had suggested did seem to be the optimum for freezing the action.

_MG_99791/5300; f/6.3; ISO 800; Focal length 300mm

The moving seagulls proved a tougher target and I had to increase the shutter speed substantially and of course use continuous shooting mode.

Of these images for me the seagull and the frozen droplets have the most potential for showing “beauty in a fragment of time” that would not be evident with the naked eye.