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Long Exposure Part 3 (Animals)

As with the past two posts I will be showing you the tips and tricks of how to take long exposure photos of animals.


This is a photo of a Scalloped Hammerhead Shark in the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. My settings were ISO 1600, 1/10 (1 tenth) of a second shutter-speed, and aperture 6.3. This shark was going after a fish, and it was one of those “in the right place at the right time” things. The trick with all long exposure shots of animals, or any moving target for that matter, is to keep the focus spot on the subject.


This is a photo of my Australian Shepherd running after a frisby. The settings were ISO 500, 1/30 (1 thirtieth) of a second shutter-speed, and aperture 5.6. This is literally a one in 100 shot, because you have the movement of your body and if it isn’t perfect with the speed of the subject the photo will be useless.


This is a photo of a local horse race. My settings were ISO 200, 1/50 (1 fiftieth) of a second shutter-speed, and aperture 16. This photo was taken in the middle of the day and there are very few blowouts, so you may be asking yourself how did he get that long exposure? Good question! The key is in the aperture or f-stop, because the higher the number of the aperture the smaller the hole that lets in light, which means there needs to be more light (time) for the photo to be taken correctly, giving you a long exposure in the middle of the day.


This is a photo of a Barred Owl. The settings were ISO 1000, 1/13 (1 thirteenth) of a second shutter-speed, and aperture 8. This shutter-speed is very slow, but if you know what you are doing and are very good at panning (keeping the focus on the subject) then it causes a very interesting effect. As you can see the wings of the owl are moving so fast that the camera cannot pick up them and makes a “ghost.”

I hope you learned something from this post. I would really appreciate it if you posted a comment or followed me on twitter (https://twitter.com/MaxWeakley). Also you can see a new photo that I take everyday at my flicker (http://www.flickr.com/photos/maxfieldw/). Please come back next week to see Long Exposures Part 4 (Vehicles).

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