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I was out after a recent ice storm here in the northeastern US. I took this shot of a geese in a local pond. The shot isn't bad but, I lost something with the wings. Would having shot this at a faster shutter speed ALONE have frozen or stopped the flapping action, by itself? Thanks in advance!.

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Al.

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Yes. Slow shutter speed allowed the wings to move during the exposure. Faster shutter speed would have necessitated a wider lens opening, of course..

Oh, yeah. And they're ducks..

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Comment #1

Note how the duck is flapping one side faster than the other..

So yes, a faster speed would have frozen the wings, but you'd need a much faster speed to stop the blurriest side, and a bit faster speed to stop the less-blurry side. Faster the shutter speed, wider the aperture, as already mentioned..

And, wider the aperture, less the depth of field so greater the liklihood the other ducks will be out of focus..

BAK..

Comment #2

Should have included EXIF for the shot in original post. Here it is.....

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Comment #3

Assuming that that left enough light going into the lens to actually capture a usable image, of course..

The longer, more meaningful answer is actually a question. Why would you want to freeze the wing motion in this shot? That blur adds life to what would otherwise have been a fairly standard pic of ducks/geese/pelicans/quail on a pond. So sometimes, less is more - or maybe more is less, I forget. There's much more to making beautiful images than just getting the technical side of things 'right'. And it's nice as it stands - crop out the 1/2 birds on the left of frame, and it'll be much nicer..

Rob.

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Comment #4

No. 1 or 2?.

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BraveUlysses wrote:.

Assuming that that left enough light going into the lens to actuallycapture a usable image, of course..

The longer, more meaningful answer is actually a question. Why wouldyou want to freeze the wing motion in this shot? That blur adds lifeto what would otherwise have been a fairly standard pic ofducks/geese/pelicans/quail on a pond. So sometimes, less is more - ormaybe more is less, I forget. There's much more to making beautifulimages than just getting the technical side of things 'right'. Andit's nice as it stands - crop out the 1/2 birds on the left of frame,and it'll be much nicer..

Rob.

Everyone, everywhere, has to do everything for a first time. There isno failure in failure, only in failing to learn..

Al.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/al_1571/.

'I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now'.

Sony A100Minolta Maxxum 50 1:1.7(22)Vivitar Series1 28-70 -2.8BeercanSony 18-70 3.5-5.6 (KIT)Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 DG APO Macro..

Comment #5

And I agree that the blur makes the photo..

Shoot...

Comment #6

....the duck is too 'centered' in the bottom shot..

It's nice with the blur of his flapping wings!LucyE- 510 w/2 lens kit!U ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'.

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Comment #7

Why? The visual contrast between the flapping colourful duck and the resting drab one. I like that..

The single shot (No 2) would have worked a lot better if you could have caught the bird from the side a bit more, instead of from behind. I know that's the way the bird was. If you shoot enough wildlife you'll learn that they only do what you want them to do when you're not ready to capture it. So you need to be ready to catch them at any moment!.

Rob.

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