Blowin' In the Wind
Saturday 26 April 2014 — Category: Shooting
The vivid green leaves of the nearer tree contrasts beautifully with the dark red leaves on the tree right behind it.
It’s a windy day, and when gusts would blow through the backyard, the trees would whip around wildly — especially the green tree in front.
It got me to thinking that I should grab my camera gear and try to get some slow-shutter shots, just to experiment and see how they might turn out.
So I reached for my Panasonic 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 zoom lens (200-600mm equivalent), complete with tripod collar, and attached a polarizer filter to reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor.
I attached the lens to my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera, and then mounted that assembly onto my Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 carbon fiber tripod with a Manfrotto 322RC2 joystick head, which I have modified to have an arca-style clamp.
The lens was zoomed fully back to 100mm for all the shots. I took the first photo above during a lull in the wind, with a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any movement of the leaves.
For the rest of the images, I set the aperture of the lens all the way down to the minimum of f/22, so that, in conjunction with the polarizer, I could attain the slowest shutter speed possible — which ended up being 1/3 of a second — resulting in the maximum amount of motion blur.
Of course, the amount of motion blur was also greatly dependent upon how hard the wind was blowing when I pressed the shutter release. That accounts for the variations of blur in the other three photos. I particularly like the second the third images, because parts of the green tree are in motion while other parts are stationary. Tricky!
During the 12 minutes I was standing there on the patio I snapped 84 pictures, from which I selected the four most interesting to share here. You can click on each photo to see it larger in the Homemade Images 2014 album.
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