Part of the assignment for the Get out of Auto Mode photography class this week was to shoot in "shutter priority" mode at a low and a high speed, to see the different effects. I decided to complete the assignment at DS Henry's baseball game on Saturday. For the photo above, I set the shutter speed to 1/40 (the camera set F25 and ISO 400). I like the effect of the blurred bat and hands. For the photo below, I set the shutter speed to 1/1250 to freeze the action and you can see the ball coming in clearly (the camera set F8 and ISO 400):
It was a good experiment, but I had trouble getting a really clear focus for the higher shutter speed. Frankly, I think I just do better shooting in "sports" mode. For example, this pitcher:
So, the next day when I went to DD Clara's swim meet, I put the camera on sports mode and got this nice picture of her best starting dive ever:
I'm glad I learned about shutter priority mode and can definitely see myself using it when I want a blur; but, for freezing the action (which tends to by my preference), I think I'll stick with sports mode. Do you think that's wimping out? Or just being smart? Do you prefer sharp pictures that freeze the action? Or pictures that give you speed and movement through blur?
By the way, if you come back tomorrow, you'll see a cool (IMHO) art journal page about change, and be able to read a big announcement!
You have until the last day of summer (September 21) to find and photograph the following items: 1. Open air market 2. Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater) 3. City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building 4. Airplane 5. A sunset 6. Someone or something taking a nap 7. A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny 8. A tower 9. A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong 10. A bench that is outside 11. An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc. 12. A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see) 13. A fence 14. A stained glass object or a mosaic 15. A fire truck or police car 16. A windmill 17. Candle(s) 18. Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop 19. A fisherman 20. A dinosaur 21. A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item) Bonus/substitute items. If you find any of the above items too difficult, feel free to substitute either (or both) of these items. You can substitute up to two items, but you cannot substitute Item #21: A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country A sundial
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