We talk about the weather often here in MinneSNOWda. Here in Minneapolis, 2013-2014 proved to be the 5th coldest winter in state history. With record breaking snowfalls in all parts of the country, I'm glad to say "it's almost over". All over my city, people are active outside all year round. To help curb our cabin fever, St Paul hosts the Annual Winter Carnival to celebrate the changing of seasons. You'll find common activities like pond hockey tournaments, Loppet and cross country ski racing as well as some oddities like a fat-tire bicycle obstacle race, and the winter classic AAA baseball game. This blog is about Shutter Speeds with a wintery theme. For most sports, a fast shutter speed is needed to capture action as seen in the first two photos.
Taken with the Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 - 1/500sec - ISO100 - F9, you can easily capture these images with an 18-270mm or 70-300mm. There is plenty of light, so I open up my aperture for greater depth of field flexibility. Consider the next shot:
1/500sec is fast enough to stop this bike; however he seems to be motionless because of the fast shutter speed. To create the motion we expect use a technique called "Pan Focus".
By following this bicyclist left to right and slowing my shutter speed to 1/30sec, he stays relatively sharp, and my background blurs creating the concept of movement.
Looking back, staying active helps us all be motivated, confident, and inspired. As the snow melts and the temperature gets back to bearable, I am looking forward to getting back outside.