From the tiny to the huge, the slow to the fast, we had a great range of subjects this month, although heavy on the bees and traffic!
Picture of the Month – to our mind Dave’s shot gets both the reality of busy travel and the opposite relaxed pose of the subject. He has judged the shutter speed dead right, not an easy thing to do as the train slows down and speeds up in the station.
Shooting pretty wide here (27mm equiv) Dave used an aperture of f4.5, to give a blurry background and portrait-y focus on the subject, as you would do normally. He’s then played with the shutter speed and ISO to give the effect he wants – in this case 1/13th of a second and a fairly low 320 ISO. Obviously this shutter speed is on the long side (about twice the recommended length), so we need to be very careful to hold the camera as still as possible – possibly leaning up against a post or wall – to prevent a blurry subject. So the balance has to be found between movement, and blur caused by camera shake if you don’t have a tripod or camera rest.
We think it’s really important in pics like this that the still stuff is really sharp – it helps no end with making the movement more exciting and contrasty. Great stuff Dave!