– no – we did not go gambling.
event drawing experienced balloonist from all over the world. In the early morning, colorful hot air balloons glowed
against the night sky and the mass ascension of 100+ balloons is a marvelous and colorful spectacle –
not to be missed.
Ringo, the raccoon
But today I want to bring you another fast action photography story: While in
Fast Action Photography Tips:
For those interested, I thought I would describe the camera settings for capturing fast moving objects. This technique is often used in wildlife photography and I teach it in depth in my hummingbird workshops:
To obtain the shallow depth of field, I use f/7.1 and try to achieve a shutter speed of 1/1000 or shorter. Depending on the light, this will necessitate dialing up the ISO to 640 - 1200 or more. On our particular day at the Animal Ark, we needed to shoot with ISO 2500 or more since a storm front was blowing through and the black clouds were gloomy. To capture the fast moving cheetah sharp and in focus, set your camera on continuous focusing and either spot or dynamic focusing (this is a smaller focus area than the usual matrix focusing). These are of course are the starting points and need to be adjusted in accordance to your histogram. This might necessitate adding some exposure compensation to obtain the correct exposure.
The challenge in our situation here was that the action in each run was over in about 3 seconds and we had only a limited number of runs! So being prepared, setting the camera and being ready was a must!