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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Patience

Sometimes getting the perfect shot can be a little frustrating and take quite a bit of patience. Most (if not all, I'm not sure) digital cameras have a significant delay between the moment you press the shutter button until the point at which the camera responds to the command. As a result, I have a library of photos taken just after the expression, or the smile fades, or the bird flies away, or in the case of these photos, just after the wave crashes.

Photographing a wave crashing means you need to pay attention to the timing of the waves. Spend some time just watching them crash over and over. What sounds does the ocean make at each point in the wave's lifecycle?

Then take lots of pictures trying to hit just before that perfect moment to accommodate the delay in the shutter response.

And don't be afraid to get your feet wet.

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Then the blanket your husband is wearing as a cape because he forgot to bring a coat shows up in the picture.

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And the cape is still in the picture when you finally get a shot of the wave crashing.

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So you reposition to get an angle that does not include an ancient airplane blanket and try to pick up the rhythm of the ocean again.

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every once in a while you get a cool shot, but it may not be exactly the shot you're trying for.

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so you keep trying

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Well, I got a little splash there.

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Oh, that's a little better.

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And finally, I got the shot I was waiting for.

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6 comments:

Ronda's Rants said...

Awesome! That was really interesting!
You are good! It was worth all the patience...lesson learned!

Tricia said...

This kind of reminds me of how I write.

Moose Nuggets said...

I sometimes look at your photos and think "I could do that... if I had a digital to carry with me everyday" But the reality is that I could do that if I put the time and effort into it that you do. I take OK photos (when the subject is in range) but I don't see the possibilities in everyday life like you do.

mama said...

Me, I'd have given up after the third try. Or the blanket, one of the two.

Fair warning: kids are the same way. I can't tell you how many "missed smiles" and "fell from a walk" pics we have. Very discouraging that there's such a gap between pushing the button and snapping the pic.

Lex the mom said...

That is very cool! I know what you mean about patience. Sometimes it is really just a lucky shot - I have a few of those, but the gift is in the patience.

Those are some amazing photos!

Suzette said...

Wow! You are really patient! hehe, also found it funny with what you wrote about the blanket. You have really high EQ. :p

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