Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Sam’s Ten Tips–#10–Prairie Wind


Earlier this year I attended an Oopoomoo.com workshop in Trochu, Alberta at the historic St Ann Ranch. The workshop was named Badlands, Buicks and Old Buildings and our instructors were Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou. One of Sam’s presentations was called Ten Tips. Here’s my take on her exercises.

Waving Grasses

Prairie Wind

The wind is almost a constant companion on the prairies, so don’t fight it – work it! Put on a solid neutral density filter at midday to increase the colourful blur of the wind rippling through tall grasses and crops.

The afternoon sun came streaming across the grasses and the wind moved them, dancing in waves. I shot across the light beams, getting side lit stalks. Choosing a lens opening one down from wide open gave me some nice bokeh. A slower shutter speed allowed some motion blur in the foreground.

Nikon D300s, Tokina 80-400mm, @400mm, f/8.0, 1/25 sec, ISO 200, Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo, processed in Lightroom.

All of Sam’s Ten Tip are named after song titles.

In the best light…

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