Make a series of experiments bracketing only the shutter speed, for example by
using1/250th sec, then 1/60th sec, 1/15th sec, etc. You’ll go from freezing movement to blurring movement.
Think about interesting moving subjects and note down some ideas: people, nature,
machines, etc. Note the most effective ways you could photograph them: by panning the camera with a moving object or by holding the camera still.
It’s been hard to get out and about in the recent weather apocalypse, and too cold to spend hours outside waiting for things to whizz by at a useful speed, so I ended up visiting Hermitage Basin, a small enclosed body of water near Tower Bridge and very local to where I live in Wapping. I have spent many hours there, admiring the waterlilies in summer, watching the resident heron fishing from his platform, and enjoying the endless bread fights between the ducks, swans, moorhens and gulls that frequent the place.
There is a fountain in the middle of the basin (to keep the water fresh and oxygenated I presume) and I used this for some work on shutter speed. I used shutter priority mode and went to the extremes of fast and slow shutter speed the light conditions would allow, with the aperture changing accordingly.
Fast Shutter: f/5.4 1/1000 sec Slow Shutter f/20 1/8 sec
You can clearly see the droplets of water in image one, and the water is nicely misty and ethereal in image two.
Notes and ideas on moving subjects.
I had done some thinking about what I could photograph for this exercise, and had thought of the following:
- A busy car-park
- people getting on and off a bus
- traffic from a high vantage point
- Clipper boats on the Thames
- snow falling (I tried this but the snow was too fine to show up well against the sky)
- a tap running
- reeds/wheat blowing in the wind
In the end the weather restricted me as I wanted to get this section done and get on with the first Assignment.