I’ve been experimenting with using faster shutter speeds.
I usually kept my camera on Aperture Priority mode. Then I thought I’d experiment with Shutter Priority set to 1/200 sec. After my visit to Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, it became apparent that 1/2000 wasn’t always fast enough.
Here is a grasshopper that I focused on in Shutter Priority mode at 1/2000 sec.
I kept taking shots because I didn’t trust my reaction time. Suddenly I realized the grasshopper was gone. It must have jumped and I didn’t even see it. Yes, that fast.
Later at home, I reviewed the pictures. Many pictures basically the same as the one above. And then, this:
At first, I thought I had missed the jump. But, then I realized that I had caught the grasshopper jumping (the grasshopper’s shadow on the ground was what we call “an FBI clue”) but my shutter speed was too slow.
I increased my shutter speed to 1/3200 sec and alternated between that and Aperture Priority mode for the next several shoots.
When walking along the railroad tracks recently, I was taking pictures of a female Western Bluebird perched on a fence post and walking on the path. I was still warming up because I missed each time the Bluebird flew off the post. I didn’t think I had much until I got home and downloaded the pictures.
The Bluebird taking off from the ground was a happy surprise. Had I used a longer shutter speed, the wings would have been much more blurred.
I’m going to be experimenting more with shutter speed. I want to find out when faster isn’t better because right now, it is!
Well, I’m not sure about that…however the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is probably more forgiving. And I’m learning to use it more than I did with the Rebel.
You could never get this with your old rebel!