Here is my contribution to Raj’s High-Speed Post. Please take a moment read through it and check out the other contributions by following the “XDrivePhoto” tag. There are a lot of great examples to see! Trust me, you will be inspired:)
First off – let me take you back to the summer. These Black Terns were incredibly fast and agile. At first, they were not happy that I was so close to their feeding grounds that they were diving and swooping at my head. Truth is, I was a little
scared intimidated and I almost went back to my car. But then I put my hat on and stepped outside to see if I could capture the action. (I was thinking they would attack my hat and not my head!) Very challenging!! I couldn’t focus, zoom in or out fast enough. Hundreds of pictures later, there was one “keeper”. After a while, they began to settle down and ignore me. I was able to “drop” my shutter speed down to 1/640 sec and pan with their movements to capture the photo on the right. I was hoping to get them diving into the water but their movements were so abrupt and quick that I couldn’t follow them (maybe this year I will get lucky.)
Here are a pair of Cormorants. They often have their whole bodies under water with just their long necks and head protruding out. (They remind me of a lochness monster when I see them.) It takes them a bit to get out of the water. At 1/2500sec, you can see where their flight path began and that they are just getting some air. All things considered, they are still pretty fast.
Inspired by one of Helen’s posts , I took these pictures during the Christmas break. I used a flash to freeze the motion so I am not sure if they count for high speed. I have a lot to learn in this area. I manually focused on a pen in the center of the cup. The mixture is actually a little bit of flour and water being dropped by a spoon from above. A lot of these pictures didn’t turn out. I missed the drop, the camera was buffering, the drop landed in areas that weren’t covered by my f-stop? Both were taken at 49mm, 1/200 sec, f7.1.
It was a very messy, entertaining way to spend a few hours inside. I also didn’t notice the large glob of gunk that was accumulating on the cup until after I uploaded the photos. I would like to try this again. Maybe with a black cup. I think the cream splash might stand out better. Suggestions welcome.
That’s it for now. 🙂