Spring 2012

Spring 2012
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I am thinking is there a way by which I can create a blur effect by using the light wind in my favor? There are a lot of possibilities. Some examples: Use a long shutter speed -- several seconds or more -- so that the moving flowers blur into soft shapes and stationary objects like a fence or statue stay sharp. The effect will be like photos you often ...


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You can actually get the subject sharp. As @clabacchio mentioned, a fast shutter speed can freeze the subject rather well. If the flowers are moving quickly or if you're close enogh, 1/125 will actually not be enough, you'd probably need at least 1/200, and take several shots to pick the sharpest one afterwards. The other obvious option is flash. For ...


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I think there are two options and they can be combined: Get plenty of light. This will allow shorter exposure to stop the motion and narrower aperture to increase the depth of field to keep the flower in focus. Macro flash, regular flash or passive reflectors can help here Prevent the motion by fixing the flower or by protecting the flower from the wind


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Whatever your shutter/ISO/aperture settings (and your desire to blur the background helps here) anything you can do to steady the subject helps. An assistant holding the plant is almost always acceptable. They can also act as a windbreak (as can your kit bag close to the ground, a chair...). In some situations (e.g. your own garden) you may be able to ...


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The only thing you need is a fast shutter-speed to freeze the motion. How fast depends on the breeze and magnification but 1/2000s or around that should be good. Magnification is how big the flower appears in the photo. If you are filling the frame with a flower, then movements will be far more perceptible than if your flower is in the corner at one tenth ...


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One thing you can try is to add a still object to the composition, which may be a toy, a garden tool or anything else. Then use a long shutter time, perhaps using a tripod. This will get the flowers blurred and the other subject sharp, which will make it look more intentional. Or, you can just raise your ISO and use a large aperture to get a shutter speed ...



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