Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Playing With Shutter Speed


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Shutter speed plays a crucial role in photographing moving objects.

I was in Nanton, Alberta this past weekend, a friend of mine was showing his scale model trucks at the Western Canada Regional Model Show held at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. The museum had move the old Lancaster bomber out front to make room for the scale model show. While the beauty was outside, they decided to do a run up of the Merlin engines on the Lancaster. As the old bomber is still under going a rebuild, only two of the engines are operational. If you are interested in helping the reconstruction of engines 3 & 4, you can donate to the museum.

When the propellers are turning, it’s important to be able to show some movement. The above is my favorite, 1/160 sec @ f/14.

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I started out with a fairly slow shutter speed, but this renders the blades almost invisible with just the tips showing arcs.

1/60 sec @ f/22

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The top picture would have come next and this one has even less propeller blur.

1/320 sec @ f/11

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The next has the props almost stopped.

1/640 sec @ f/8

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The last one is nearly, but not quite frozen.

1/1600 sec @ f5.6

While I’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t the greatest images, they do demonstrate the point I was trying to make. I was up front earlier and moved back to give some other people a better view, before I remembered to do the shutter demo.

Do you remember to use shutter speed creatively?

In the best light…

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