Category Archives: Project 1 The frozen moment

Part 3 – exercise 3.1

Brief

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.

At this point the quote about luck favouring the prepared mind comes to mind. I was thinking about how to address this exercise when a tropical storm started. Storms in Australia are not something easily ignored. It initially occurred to me that perhaps the raindrops would be good subject.

I set the camera to ISO 800 because of the fairly low light level and shutter priority, starting at 1/2000s and took a series of photos, slowing the shutter speed by one stop for each subsequent shot, ending at 1/15s. The first two photos (1/2000s and 1/1000s) were under-exposed, so I increased exposure by one stop in Lightroom to compensate. The rain is clearly shown to be individual drops. This drop-like nature reduces to streams or streaks of rain at 1/15s, which is more how we see rain naturally.

The following table contains the photos with exposure information.

1/2000 sec at f/4.0

1/2000 sec at f/4.0

1/1000 sec at f/4.0

1/1000 sec at f/4.0

1/500 sec at f/4.0

1/500 sec at f/4.0

1/250 sec at f/4.5

1/250 sec at f/4.5

1/125 sec at f/6.4

1/125 sec at f/6.4

1/60 sec at f/9.0

1/60 sec at f/9.0

1/30 sec at f/13

1/30 sec at f/13

1/15 sec at f/18

1/15 sec at f/18