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Date: 2007-08-10 23:58
Subject: Shutter Speed Demo
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Yesterday's photo isn't one of my best, but serves more as a sample for shutter speed creativity. I've been working on a couple of visual aids for PrairieView when time permits, and finally had an opportunity to shoot the same (moving) scene at a couple of different shutter speeds. I think I'll re-do the shoot to get a bigger range, but I'm pretty happy with the subject matter and composition as far as demonstrating shutter speeds are concerned. In any case, a moderate and fast shutter speed version of the same fountain are below.

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User: chameleongirl
Date: 2007-08-11 05:32 (UTC)
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How cool that the images are of the same fountain, yet they all look so completely different....you fascinate me sometimes....thanks.
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User: vuzi_vuzi
Date: 2007-08-15 02:16 (UTC)
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Hey so the first one is the slowest shutter speed, correct? Did you have to use a tripod for that kind of speed? Or just stay very still? I really want to experiment with speed, to create photos such as the first fountain pic, and am unsure of whether I need to get a tripod to do this.

I am *very* beginner. These are awesome - thank you for demonstrating, as it really teaches.
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User: eurekagray
Date: 2007-08-15 05:38 (UTC)
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Yes, the first is the longest shutter speed, and yes, I had a tripod to stabilize it. I couldn't have held still long enough, I think it was around 1/15th of a second with a telephoto lens. That's part of why it's taken me so long to get to this little collection of visual aids, I don't often have my tripod with me. The general rule for hand-holding is that you need to have a shutter speed faster than the focal length of your lens, i.e. if you have a 100mm lens (or zoom equivalent) your shutter speed should be at least 1/125th of a second to keep it acceptably sharp. You can usually start to see flowing water effects around 1/4 to 1/15th of a second.

I'm still not totally happy with the sequence I shot so I'll probably do it again to cover off a larger range. I can squeeze out results both faster and slower than the maximums and minimums I ended up with from this little series. If I do get to it, I'll post with the new set as well :)
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