Assignment #8: Shutter Speed

NikolaiNikolai Darth SLRPosts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
edited April 22, 2016 in Assignments
Well, playing with DOF and aperture showed up some great results. :clap
Now it's time to get a hold of the Shutter Speed.

Unlike the aperture, the shutter speed controls the motion blur. It also can greatly affect the long telephoto shot: the rule of thumb here is to select the shutter speed to reverse of the focal length, e.g. if you're shooting at 400mm then you may wanna use the shutter speed at least 1/400th of a sec to avoid the handshake blur.

Now, what do we do for this class?

Just like with the DOF, we're going to submit at least two shots per each entry. One shot should feature the subject "frozen". The other one should show some blurring (and I'm not talking Photoshop!).

Typical blurring subjects: hummers, Hummers, Hummer drivers walking, etc. Running water also usually provides for a steady moving target.

As with DOF, try not to change the focal length or camera position between the shots. Obviously, tripod would help, but if you don't have one handy - that's fine, too (remember - we're casual here:-).

As always, nice looking final images are very welcome, but the most important thing is to fulfill the assignment: get at least two shots of a moving object with two different shutter speed values.

For the educational purposes, please specify the following info:
  • With each entry: camera and lens used (so we could figure out the crop factor and such:-). Also, if the lens is not prime, the focal length used (it should stay the same for the entry)
  • With each image: the aperture, ISO and shutter speed used
For the rest of the basic rules and index please check out this sticky.

Let's speed that shutter! :D

PS
Thanks Rutt for discussing the class' subject! :thumb

PPS
I apologize for the late announcement, our network was down at work...
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  • douglasdouglas ShOoT tO tHrIlL Posts: 696Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Printing
    Well this is different.

    Printing #1
    Olympus E500, 14-45mm @ 18mm, ISO 100, 1/160, F8 with flash.

    97239621-L.jpg

    Printing # 2
    Olympus E500, 14-45mm @ 18mm, ISO 100, 15 seconds, F18 no flash.

    97239618-L.jpg
    Best regards,
    douglas
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Douglas,
    douglas wrote:
    Well this is different.

    Printing #1
    Olympus E500, 14-45mm @ 18mm, ISO 100, 1/160, F8 with flash.

    Printing # 2
    Olympus E500, 14-45mm @ 18mm, ISO 100, 15 seconds, F18 no flash.

    Very creative! Awesome entry! Good thinking! thumb.gif
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  • SwartzySwartzy Right Brained Scientist Posts: 3,293Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    It's the fan, man
    Quite overcast and dark today.

    ISO 1600 48mm 1/30 sec. f/11.0

    97315315-L.jpg

    ISO 1600 48mm 1/250 f/4.0

    97315316-L.jpg
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Swartzy,
    Swartzy wrote:
    Quite overcast and dark today.
    ISO 1600 48mm 1/30 sec. f/11.0
    ISO 1600 48mm 1/250 f/4.0

    Another creative use of home appliances:-) thumb.gif
    Too bad the second shot could not "freeze" the blades. ne_nau.gif
    Do you think you could go ISO 3200 and set the speed to 1/500? headscratch.gif
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Water
    Pool shot.

    Canon 30D on a tripod, EF-S 17-85 IS USM at 59mm, ISO 100.

    01: 1/1000s at f/5.6:

    97322237-L.jpg

    02: 1/8s at f/32, NDx8:

    97322261-L.jpg
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Trees
    We got Santa Ana winds again...

    Canon 30D on a tripod, EF-S 17-85 IS USM at 17mm, ISO 100.

    01: 1/250s at f/4.0:

    97322318-L.jpg

    02: 1s at f/22, NDx8:

    97322344-L.jpg
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  • SwartzySwartzy Right Brained Scientist Posts: 3,293Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Stopping that fan!
    ISO 1600 (sorry Nik...don't have 3200) f/18 1/20 sec 50mm

    97364397-L.jpg

    ISO 1600 f/1.8 STOPPED DEAD IN IT'S TRACKS 1/2500 50mm

    97364398-L.jpg
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 23, 2006
    Swartzy,
    Swartzy wrote:
    ISO 1600 (sorry Nik...don't have 3200) f/18 1/20 sec 50mm
    ISO 1600 f/1.8 STOPPED DEAD IN IT'S TRACKS 1/2500 50mm
    No 3200? I thought you're a Canon boy:-) mwink.gif
    Well, if 1/2500 doesn't stop it, I don't know what will:-) thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
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  • GranitGranit Big grins Posts: 86Registered Users Big grins
    edited September 24, 2006
    Hi I'm new here :)

    My first assignment...
    Oh and since I missed a few assignments I've put a Tilt in it ;) (assignment #5)
    Shortly after, the neighbour took the laundry down...If I get arrested for being a pervert I'll say it's Nicholai fault.

    1/500 f/5.6 ISO 200
    97574824-M.jpg

    1/6 f/32 ISO 200
    A bit on the bright side maybe :)
    97574880-M.jpg
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 24, 2006
    Granit,
    Granit wrote:
    Hi I'm new here :)

    My first assignment...
    Oh and since I missed a few assignments I've put a Tilt in it ;) (assignment #5)
    Shortly after, the neighbour took the laundry down...If I get arrested for being a pervert I'll say it's Nicholai fault.

    1/500 f/5.6 ISO 200


    1/6 f/32 ISO 200
    A bit on the bright side maybe :)

    Welcome to the class (and to the Dgrin, since this seems to be one of your first posts:-)! clap.gif

    Very apropos entry! thumb.gif
    Yes, the second one it a tad too bright, but, hey, who counts:-) mwink.gif
    Shooting the wind is fun, no? :):
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  • Bayer-Z28Bayer-Z28 Hobby Photog Posts: 392Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 27, 2006
    I have stuff and an idea of what I want to shoot... just haven't gottn around to it and I can't find it in this town... Don't want to give it away or spoil..
    Auto enthusiast. I drive a 2000 Camaro Z28. LOADED w/ mods.

    Camera: Nikon D80, 18-55 f3.5 stocker & 18-200 Nikon VR.... with a small collection of filters..


    My Smugmug.. STILL Under construction.
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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 27, 2006
    Hey Bayer
    Bayer-Z28 wrote:
    I have stuff and an idea of what I want to shoot... just haven't gottn around to it and I can't find it in this town... Don't want to give it away or spoil..

    Watch out, man, we got rules here: no entry - no posting:-) rolleyes1.gif

    Curious what you're gonna come with:-) mwink.gif

    Cheers! 1drink.gif
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  • LiquidAirLiquidAir Major grins Posts: 1,751Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 30, 2006
    Shot with the 200mm f/2.8 with a 1.4 TC on a tripod with a remote and mirror lock up.

    ISO 640 f/4 1/4000
    98861494-L.jpg

    ISO 100 f/45 1/2 + circular polarizer
    98909383-L.jpg


    1/4000 is really required to stop motion on public fountains; 1/2000 didn't cut it. 1/2 second is really not slow enough to get the nice smooth effect of motion blured water. I used the overcast morning and the polarizer to cut down on the light but it wasn't enough. if I wanted to regularly take feathery water pictures I'd invest in about 6 stops worth of ND filters.

    This is a fountain in a duck pond so the water is kinda murky as you can see from the greenish cast at the base of the fountain. I think BW conversions of these shots look better because the water looks cleaner but it didn't seem to be in the spirit of the assignment. Also the second shot could use some more contrast because the motion blur washes out the highlights, but I kept the processing the same to stay on point.
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited September 30, 2006
    L.a.,
    LiquidAir wrote:
    Shot with the 200mm f/2.8 with a 1.4 TC on a tripod with a remote and mirror lock up.

    ISO 640 f/4 1/4000


    ISO 100 f/45 1/2 + circular polarizer


    1/4000 is really required to stop motion on public fountains; 1/2000 didn't cut it. 1/2 second is really not slow enough to get the nice smooth effect of motion blured water. I used the overcast morning and the polarizer to cut down on the light but it wasn't enough. if I wanted to regularly take feathery water pictures I'd invest in about 6 stops worth of ND filters.

    This is a fountain in a duck pond so the water is kinda murky as you can see from the greenish cast at the base of the fountain. I think BW conversions of these shots look better because the water looks cleaner but it didn't seem to be in the spirit of the assignment. Also the second shot could use some more contrast because the motion blur washes out the highlights, but I kept the processing the same to stay on point.

    Thank you for a nice entry and a great analysis! thumb.gif
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  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Posts: 2,156Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 2, 2006
    A little late, and there's no photographic quality to these... but it was fun.

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    99362425-M.jpg99362429-M.jpg

    All taken with my 20D and 70-200mm f/4L at 200mm (effective 320mm). I was in TV mode, so the aperature was floating to whatever. ISO800 by accident (I always forget to check my ISO!).

    1/8000, f/4
    1/800, f/11
    1/250, f/20
    1/125, f/32

    Definitely hand-shake evident on the last one, and the copter was drifting slowly in the wind.

    LA's finest... (1/1250, f/11)

    99362428-M.jpg
    Chris
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 2, 2006
    Chris,
    ChrisJ wrote:
    A little late, and there's no photographic quality to these... but it was fun.


    All taken with my 20D and 70-200mm f/4L at 200mm (effective 320mm). I was in TV mode, so the aperature was floating to whatever. ISO800 by accident (I always forget to check my ISO!).

    1/8000, f/4
    1/800, f/11
    1/250, f/20
    1/125, f/32

    Definitely hand-shake evident on the last one, and the copter was drifting slowly in the wind.

    LA's finest... (1/1250, f/11)

    Thanks!

    It shows very clearly that the nice prop blur requires shutter speed around 1/100th of a second. And it also shows that's it's very hard to shoot a moving target at that speed. This was a hovering chopper, imagine WWII fighters...

    Cheers!
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  • ShimaShima k3npo Austin, TXPosts: 2,543Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 21, 2006
    Rather basic, but it's dark when I get off work... and it's been rather rainy today... so I'm making do with what I have available inside.

    118080438-M.jpg 118080468-M.jpg
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 22, 2006
    Shima,
    Shima wrote:
    Rather basic, but it's dark when I get off work... and it's been rather rainy today... so I'm making do with what I have available inside.

    Nice entries!

    I only wonder what caused the color shift between them? headscratch.gif
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  • ShimaShima k3npo Austin, TXPosts: 2,543Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 23, 2006
    Nikolai wrote:
    Nice entries!

    I only wonder what caused the color shift between them? headscratch.gif

    The flash in combination with the time the shutter was open? It was really bugging me too... the one w/ the faster shutter kept doing the darker colors, I like the longer shutter colors the best. Still getting used to operating this thinger...
  • spb13spb13 Major grins Posts: 133Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 17, 2008
    I was able to cover a few assignments this weekend. It was good to have them in the back of my head because I think I took some shots I wouldn't have otherwise thought about. thumb.gif

    Nikon D80 50mm f/1.8 D AF ISO 100 mounted on a Gorilla Pod wrapped around a rail.

    1/4000s @ f/2.2

    267028767_ruiLz-L.jpg


    1/60s @ f/18

    267028588_YrGg7-L.jpg
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited March 17, 2008
    spb13 wrote:
    I was able to cover a few assignments this weekend. It was good to have them in the back of my head because I think I took some shots I wouldn't have otherwise thought about. thumb.gif
    Nikon D80 50mm f/1.8 D AF ISO 100 mounted on a Gorilla Pod wrapped around a rail.
    1/4000s @ f/2.2
    1/60s @ f/18
    Great examples, thank you! thumb.gif
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  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,640Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 14, 2009
    Gentle Rapids
    I tend to gravitate toward water and took these photos on Sunday at different shutter speeds for this assignment. All of these photos are taken with a Canon 50D with 24-105 mm f/4L IS lens - hand held. Focal length is 35 mm for all 3 shots. Taken in the late afternoon. (I have cropped a sliver off the right or left side of each shot since I seem to have moved the camera horizontally a bit.) There is something here which does not belong (litter), but I didn't spot it until after I looked at these shots on the computer....

    Cheers, Gretchen

    Shutter speed 1/1600 sec., f/5, ISO 800
    536699882_FxP5S-L.jpg

    Shutter speed 1/800 sec., f/4.0, ISO 400
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    Shutter speed 1/2 sec., f/22, ISO 100
    536699796_PXHE8-L.jpg
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR Posts: 19,033Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 15, 2009
    sapphire73 wrote:
    I tend to gravitate toward water and took these photos on Sunday at different shutter speeds for this assignment. All of these photos are taken with a Canon 50D with 24-105 mm f/4L IS lens - hand held. Focal length is 35 mm for all 3 shots. Taken in the late afternoon. (I have cropped a sliver off the right or left side of each shot since I seem to have moved the camera horizontally a bit.) There is something here which does not belong (litter), but I didn't spot it until after I looked at these shots on the computer....

    Cheers, Gretchen

    Shutter speed 1/1600 sec., f/5, ISO 800
    Shutter speed 1/800 sec., f/4.0, ISO 400
    Shutter speed 1/2 sec., f/22, ISO 100
    Thank you, nice entry! thumb.gif
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  • JustRamblingJustRambling Big grins Posts: 26Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 22, 2016
    OH. MY. GOODNESS!! I had a BLAST with this one!

    Fast Shutter Speed:
    Exposure Time0.0125s (1/80)

    DSC_0138-XL.jpg


    Slow Shutter Speed:
    Exposure Time0.06667s (1/15)

    DSC_0141-XL.jpg


    Fast Shutter Speed:
    Exposure Time0.0025s (1/400)

    DSC_0161-XL.jpg

    Slow Shutter Speed:
    Exposure Time0.07692s (1/13)

    DSC_0159-XL.jpg
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