Exercise 3.1 – The frozen moment

Using fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject. Depending on the available light you may have to select a high ISO to avoid visible blur in the photograph. Try to find the beauty in a fragment of time that fascinated John Szarkowski. Add a selection of shots, together with relevant shooting data and a description of your process (how you captured the images), to your learning log.

For this exercise I chose to use the subject matter of a T20 cricket match at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. I shot from the stands and used my Canon 5D Mkiii and Canon 75-300mm zoom lens with a 1.4 teleconverter. I stayed in the same seated position throughout the match and attempted to catch pieces of action. my favourite shot is Image 4 in which I catch the bails in the air – not quite the beauty that fascinated John Szarkowski, but a beautiful moment for the Lancashire bowler!

In order to present the images it was necessary to crop them heavily to see the action.

Image 1: 1/2500 f/9.0 ISO 2000

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Image 2: 1/2500 f/8.0 ISO 800

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Image 3: 1/2500 f/8.0 ISO 2500

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Image 4: 1/2000 f/8.0 ISO 2000

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