#FMSphotoaday June 23: In this Moment


f/5.6, 1/20, ISO 100

Today’s prompt is In this Moment. Originally I wanted to take a new photo of a groundhog I saw outside, but I tell ya, those animals move fast! So, I couldn’t take a picture of that and instead, I’m using a photo I took on Saturday. Yes, I know, that isn’t technically this moment, but this is one of those photos I’m really proud of. I was using manual mode, which I’m currently teaching and training myself. But not only that, in this moment, I discovered that my husband really does know how to do a duck call. That’s right, this duck is close to me because he called it over. To say the least, I was impressed and excited at the same time. I guess I’m not allowed to doubt his ability to call over ducks now.

What do you think of this photo? I’m still learning so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!

Want to join in on the challenge? Here’s a list of of June’s Prompts.

  • June 24, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    AnonymousWhat a cute subject. Since you asked for CC I just wanted to say that your shutter speed is really low for a moving subject. I would try to keep it above 1/100. If your photo then looks too dark I would open up your aperture to 3.5 or so depending on how wide your lens goes. It is a great start to learning manual. Keep practicing and soon it will be 2nd nature to you!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 9:57 am

      AnonymousThanks so much! I love taking pictures of animals and was happy I was able to capture this adorable duck. Also, thanks so much for the CC! I did read this comment previously (though I’ve been slacking on replying to comments) and always keep it in mind. Manual is quickly becoming 2nd nature, I just keep practicing! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    AnonymousCute subject! I agree, you need to increase your SS. The duck looks a little blurry (possibly motion blur since your Ap is fine). Open your Ap a little more or increase your ISO and then you can increase your SS. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 9:58 am

      AnonymousThanks so much for the CC, Amanda! I really appreciate it and have been working on learning manual and hope that I’ve been becoming better at it. All of the CC is really a great aid!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    AnonymousWay to go learning manual!!! 🙂 Great photo!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 9:58 am

      AnonymousThanks so much! I’m really happy I decided to learn manual!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    AnonymousI would have to agree that you need a higher shutter speed. Also, try different angles.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

      AnonymousI switched over to the shutter priority setting so that I could learn how to adjust my SS. I think I’ve finally started getting it.ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    AnonymousWhat a cute subject and way to go for learning manual!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:00 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, Robin! There is a ton I’ve learned from switching to manual and can’t wait to learn more!ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2014 - 3:31 am

    AnonymousGreat job using manual! I agree, a bump in your SS might help with wildlife 😉 Great job capturing the colors of the duck!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:02 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, Alyssa! Bumping up SS is a great tip I’ve gotten and used since this photo. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    AnonymousYou’ll be so happy you learned manual!ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:03 am

      AnonymousI am ecstatic to be learning manual! Gives me so much more freedom to be creative.ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Anonymousvery cute subject! I agree with others – bumping you SS will help decrease motion blur. I have a shaky hand so I’m often 1/160 or faster depending on the lens.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:06 am

      AnonymousThanks so much, the ducks were adorable! I got a new lens not long ago that doesn’t have the IS setting, so it’s forced me to learn when I need to bump up my SS. My hands are shakier than I had originally thought!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    AnonymousGood work, shooting in manual! I think everyone here gave you great advice about bumping shutter speed and ISO.ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:07 am

      AnonymousThank you, Melissa! The comments left on this photo have been so helpful to my development as a photographer.ReplyCancel

  • June 30, 2014 - 1:01 am

    AnonymousGood job! I love going to the park to see the ducks and wildlife. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 15, 2014 - 10:09 am

      AnonymousThank you, Aubrey! I need to go back down to where the ducks hang out to take some more photos of them.ReplyCancel

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