Slow it down for Maximum Impact

We generally think of shooting in shutter priority mode when we have action that we are trying to freeze.  Dial in a fast shutter speed to stop that passing car, that swooping bird, or those passing cyclists.

But shutter priority also allows you to switch to a slower speed, which can yield some really creative results.

On a recent snowy day, I stepped into a doorway for a respite from the snow and wind, and noticed the flow of determined pedestrians struggling to make their way.

This image was made at a slow shutter speed of only 1/10 second, which not only blurred the passerby and gave us a sense of motion, but it also captured the streaking snow through which he persevered.  Had this been taken at a faster shutter speed, it would have been a ho-hum image of little interest.  (Nikon D90, Nikon 35mm lens, f22, 1/10 sec.)

Experiment with slower shutter speeds for more creative results, and share them with us at 2guysphoto!                                                                   Posted by Ed

About Ed Spadoni "Thoughts and opinions, resources and experiences… for emerging photographers everywhere."
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2 Responses to Slow it down for Maximum Impact

  1. 2guysphoto says:

    I recall once taking a photo of a stranger passing by a bank in my hometown. I had forgotten that the shutter speed was S-L-O-W (from the previous shot) and when I saw the image on the LCD of my digital camera, I immediately reached for the little trash can button. But closer inspection revealed the interesting contrast between the sharp lines of the bricks lining the front of the building and the streaking blur of the woman hurriedly passing across the scene. It remains one of my favorite photos…though captured through a complete accident. Ed’s post reminds me not only of the shot, but also of the dual tasks of seeking a compelling static background and also subject matter to highlight movement. Successfully combining both visual elements, as Ed describes, can make for an interesting image.

    Posted by Rey

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