Week 5 – Shutter Speed

This week I decided to work on Shutter Speed, using the TV mode on the camera.  At the beginning of the week I tried doing some stuff in the house using a fast shutter speed, discovered this was hard and was not happy.  I realised that for the most part I needed a dark background behind what I was doing.  I was a bit frustrated if I am honest.  I wanted to get water dripping and that kind of stuff.  I then decided that I was going to go and look at the fountains in the city center, however the temperature was too low this week so the fountains weren’t working.  Discussing things with both The Moose and The Husband and decided that I was going to go to the park on Friday afternoon to work on stuff.

Things I learned this week involved rookie mistakes again!  So I went to the park and was using the 50 mm lens to start with and managed to get a couple of fast shutter speed shots of the fountains there.

Fast Shutter Speed of fountain.

Fast Shutter Speed of fountain.

I then wanted to try and get some slow shutter speed shots off, they were completely blown out.  I was getting frustrated and sent texts to The Husband and The Moose going ahhhh, as soon as I sent the texts I had my light bulb moment and realised what I was doing wrong.  I hadn’t put the ND filter.  This filter is dark and blocks out some of the light, when you are doing a shutter speed of 35 seconds you need the light to be just right, otherwise you blow them out like I did!  So I was pleased with myself that I actually clicked what I was doing wrong.  This is a big step for me as previously when I have been trying to learn stuff I have a tendency to get frustrated and go ahhhhh I give up…and walk away giving up and not learning anything.  I didn’t do that time I kept looking and thinking and figured it out.

Slow shutter speed

Slow shutter speed

At the park there is a lake with lots of birds, geese, ducks that kind of thing so I thought I would go and take some fast shutter speed shots of the birds…guess what mistake I made first though?  If you guessed tried taking fast shutter speed shots with the filter still on give yourself 5 points!  Yeap I did that mistake.  I changed the lens to the zoom lens then.  I was getting a bit frustrated at changing lenses, I nearly used the other body, but the other body doesn’t use a SD card.  Solution next time is man up and use the other body and deal with the uploading later, or just stick with taking one type of shot.  Anyway started taking shots of the birds.

if this had been framed better!!!

if this had been framed better!!!

Now if I had framed this one better this would have been great, you can see the water splashing as the bird left the water, and the wings spread, but now have to learn about framing.

Taking flight

Taking flight

ducks swimming

ducks swimming

I did take loads of shot again, however will try not and bore you with them all.  Although still having issues with Flickr.  I did have trouble getting the birds in the air, maybe I need to look at doing some panning shots as well.  Something to play with at a later date.

I then put the lens back on with the ND filter on it,  (Remind me when I use that lens again that it has the filter on it and should remove that!  That will be my rookie mistake this week won’t it) and wondering up the little creek in the park taking pics of the little waterfall.  Needed for slow shutter speeds as well is a tripod, when near water also make sure said tripod is on stable ground and won’t topple in the water as that will ruin your camera!  That didn’t happen, as I was still holding the tripod.

Anyway, shots of water!

Still water runs deep

Still water runs deep

Over the rocks

Over the rocks

Different angle.

Different angle.

Obviously there are more of these shots as well, if Flickr ever starts working for me you will see them all there!

That was Friday’s efforts.  I actually felt that I had cracked slow shutter speed shots, but I felt like I had done nothing on fast shutter speeds.  The Moose came around for a visit and he also does photos as well I showed him a website I had seen that was related to taking food shots, found via Pinterest.   She used icing sugar sprinkling on doughnuts.  We decided to head down to a shop that sells craft type stuff and get some black card and use flour and things to do some shots.  We grabbed the black card, and glitter.  So much fun was had!  They were brilliant, snowing inside shots.

snowing

snowing

Took some shots of daffodils against the black card, what a difference black card makes!

Daffodils

Daffodils

I might have to buy other colours of card as well!

We decided that we needed a model for our snow shots.  Luckily we had one handy.

Our model

Our model

We also discovered that the glitter wasn’t any good on it’s own, the glitter did end up get mixed in with the flour, did I mention how much mess the flour made!  Thankfully I have wooden floors, although the power managed to get on EVERYTHING!   Loved snow storms inside!

Dancing in the snow

Dancing in the snow

I now have a wish list for my birthday present, I want a flash!  I had to use my in camera flash for these shots, but Moose has a big off camera flash an his photos were popping much better than mine!  When we did some shots of the flour on the ground his looked like a martian landscape and mine just didn’t!

Not a martian landscape.

Not a martian landscape.

I also mixed up what I have learned and put on an extension tube and took a Macro shot of our model as with the glitter in the flour looked amazing on her.

Glitter aka dirt!

Glitter aka dirt!

As you can see though it didn’t look glittery though, maybe a new flash would help that!  😉

Next series of shots involved throwing a scarf at my red wall!  These shots were also fun, and couldn’t control what the shot would look like.  I got a LOT of shots of the red wall!  IMG_4004 IMG_4014

Scarf on the red wall

Scarf on the red wall

Once again I got flash envy though.  The shadows looks so crisp on Moose’s shots compared to mine, although still pretty happy with mine.

Different scarf

Different scarf

I will be trying more stuff like that for sure!

Usually today, (Sunday), is when I usually start the new challenge, but down to the park with the child getting him to run about with the scarf to try and get some shots.  The Lake was partly frozen again and the best shots of the day were of the child smashing into the ice.

Ice on ice

Ice on ice

Splashing

Splashing

More smashing

More smashing

Can see the cracks spreading out

Can see the cracks spreading out

Now I actually did try something new this week!  Was supposed to be just shutter speed, however I was trying to get a shot and it wasn’t working and I decided to switch to Manual mode to get the shot.  It was appearing too dark, so underexposed so I switched the exposure and moved it one stop, got my shot!

My shot in Manual Mode

My shot in Manual Mode

Ice

Ice

Now on Friday when I was at the Park there were four misfit ducks which I wanted to get a shot of today.  These ducks seemed to be a little gang of their own.  They consisted of one dark one with beautiful green highlights, a white one, one with a punk hairstyle and one with soft grey colours.  I really wanted pictures of the dark one showing the colours.  I got a series of shots of it washing itself which I am pretty happy with.  IMG_4167 IMG_4166 IMG_4165 IMG_4164 IMG_4163 IMG_4162

 

 

duck washing

duck washing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pretty colours

pretty colours

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I have to end with the final piece of the week! So happy with this shot!

Smashing Ice, NAILED it!

Smashing Ice, NAILED it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to work on Manual Mode all this week!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About thekiwione

The lost kiwi, lost in the UK for 9 years now. Just doing my best living my life, pretty boring really, but trying to get more interesting and inspired...
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