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From the tiny to the huge, the slow to the fast, we had a great range of subjects this month, although heavy on the bees and traffic!

Picture of the Month – to our mind Dave’s shot gets both the reality of busy travel and the opposite relaxed pose of the subject. He has judged the shutter speed dead right, not an easy thing to do as the train slows down and speeds up in the station.

Shooting pretty wide here (27mm equiv) Dave used an aperture of f4.5, to give a blurry background and portrait-y focus on the subject, as you would do normally.  He’s then played with the shutter speed and ISO to give the effect he wants – in this case 1/13th of a second and a fairly low 320 ISO.  Obviously this shutter speed is on the long side (about twice the recommended length), so we need to be very careful to hold the camera as still as possible – possibly leaning up against a post or wall – to prevent a blurry subject.  So the balance has to be found between movement, and blur caused by camera shake if you don’t have a tripod or camera rest.

We think it’s really important in pics like this that the still stuff is really sharp – it helps no end with making the movement more exciting and contrasty.  Great stuff Dave!

 

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This month’s theme was particularly loose, and gave people lots of opportunities, which we’d intended. March can be a miserable month, and it’s hard to get out at the best of times!

Dave’s picture we think has a nice bit of foreground interest. Foreground interest was all the rage about 20 years ago, when no landscape photo was complete without a duck in the front. These days it’s not stressed so much, but often helps in giving the picture a narrative impulsion. The view here is less than stunning, but the framing makes us look at it.
There’s also some implied romance from the two benches, which never hurt anyone!

We also had quite a few pictures this month that were totally off topic – eclipse shots, snow pictures etc. We’re really happy with this – if you have a photography problem with your camera or pictures let us know and we’ll try to help. That’s why we’re here!

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  A very varied selection of pictures from this month’s theme. Lots of traffic including this rather good first shot from Dave, which follows all the rules for getting a good headlight/traffic shot:   Firstly and most importantly it’s a long shutter speed – here, it’s 15 seconds. You will not be able to hold [...]

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With a theme like “Ablaze” I thought we would see a lot of fire pictures, surprisingly there weren’t that many – just as many pictures of illuminated retail outlets as fire, shows how much we know! This striking picture was taken by Toby at the 2012 Olympics – he has cunningly increased his ISO to [...]

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A slightly muted response this month with the usual great range of subjects, and locations from the Malvern Hills to the Vercours. This picture warrants a little exploration – this was taken by Maureen, and I have included the mentoring I sent: Settings were Canon 650D, 74mm equiv, 1/8th, f4.5, 3200 ISO Here’s what I [...]

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Some of the best stuff we’ve ever had on the mentoring service this month – obviously this theme struck a bit of a chord.  Some great ideas and technical skills on show here. As always, a real mix of experience and cameras, from compacts to a mighty Nikon D3, and people with years of experience [...]


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