Monday, 20 April 2015

Camera Challenge 3: Triangle of Light - Shutter Speed.

Katy at the Littlest Thistle is organizing a camera challenge. Each month she gives an assignment to help us master one aspect of photography. This month we had various assignments to show and understand the differences made by changing the shutter speed.

There were three assignments, but I only managed to complete one. It's not for want of trying, but I was unable to photograph any moving people or animals. I will try to complete the assignment next weekend, if my grandson is playing football, but that will be too late for the link up.

This past weekend I was visiting family in the UK, and Saturday we went to the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens in Wisley, Surrey. In the glass house I was able to photograph the waterfall from behind. I focussed on an orange growing on a tree opposite. It's the orange circle in the centre of each photo (you have to really look carefully!).

In spite of a succession of people stopping to admire the waterfall, and others bumping into me, here are the resulting six photos. (shooting details are on each photo):

Discernable streaks of falling water,
but no individual drops visible

Here the effect is of a net curtain
rather than a curtain of water.
My conclusions:

  1. As shutter speed decreases (the value gets lower) the aperture value increases
  2. As shutter speed decreases ISO value decreases. (I used ISO on automatic because the first photos on fast shutter speed were too dark on ISO 200 and I didn't want to hold up my companions too long while I worked that one out)
  3. 1" is too slow a shutter speed for me to manage while holding the camera. Enter tripod, but I'd left it at home!

 I'd like to think this is hazy because of the curtain of water clouding the image, but even the orange is fuzzy: I think I moved!

To finish: I photographed the fountain in front of the main building, outside, in full sunlight:

There are only two photos this time, but the difference is clear. The pool is however large, so the photos are cropped. Does that constitute cheating?

I'm linking up with the Camera Challenge at the Littlest Thistle. 
Littlest Thistle Camera Challenge 2015
Go and check how other participants in the link-up have made this month's assignments.

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Dasha said...

I've been to Wisley. It is such a beautiful garden!

Christine Barnsley said...

Hello Marly! Very interesting to see the differences! :) x

Lisa in Port Hope said...

The shots in the greenhouse are really unique, I like seeing a little bit of blur but still being able to tell that it is water and not a net curtain, as you said.

Ruth said...

Looks like a lovely spot and I'd say cropping is not cheating, just good editing!