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'Can you photograph wind?'

Posted on Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 1:57am

ISO: 100 (but you wouldn't know it), Shutter speed: 6 secs, Aperture: f/6.3,
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Flash: Fill (Av mode), Cropping: Minor,
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC, Focal length: 18mm,
Captured: 3rd November 2005, 6:06pm,

Before I explain this photo I just want to say that Wags (my parents' cat) is home safe and sound from the vet. The tumour wasn't malignant and in fact it wasn't really a tumour as all but a large part of her liver that was, well... Not liver anymore. So they've operated and she seems ok.

Right, onto today's picture. I went out for a walk (still not feeling well) and took the camera with me to see if there was any sunset. I took a few straight shots of clouds but it wasn't anything special. It was quite blustery (love that word) and as I was looking through the viewfinder a passing gentleman said "Can you photograph wind, then?". I smiled and said that I was hoping for a sunset.

But then I noticed that the clouds were moving quite fast and so I decided to put the camera on a nearby bench and use long shutter speeds to see what I could get. Again they were fairly dull shots so I started experimenting by adding in the flash and standing in the foreground, adopting a variety of stupid poses. All of which looked (you guessed it) stupid. My last shot of the evening was this one and I think it came out ok. I like the way the left side of my face blurs but the right doesn't.

By the way, the text on my sleeve says 'Gore-Tex XCR', in case you're wondering. It's great living in England. You really get your money's worth out of a jacket. A bloody good job too, considering the amount I spend on jackets.

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ibrahim6061, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 3:38am
i think that's a brilliant shot.

Heidi, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 7:06am
Ah yes! WIND! Very very good!!!

milou, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 7:46am
Great news about Ms Wags. This is really effective – the cloud movement is wonderful. A real sense of speed and “blusterynessment” (c)

Sierro, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 8:48am

Sule, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 10:35am
Great shot! Swirling leaves is another way to photograph wind. Love the colour and ditance.

Warspite, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 2:05pm
Very nice effect, reminds me of scenes in Lord of the Rings. Good to hear your cats ok :)

Ed, Fri 4th Nov, 2005, 3:21pm
Good stuff. I like the effect you created. There's just the right amount of motion in the sky. It would be even stronger if your portrait was sharper but it's pretty hard to hold absolutely still for a 6 sec exposure. A good photo nevertheless.

Bug, Sat 5th Nov, 2005, 10:29am
Has to be my favourite so far, cracking photo, i love taking photos of the sky.

finbar, Fri 6th Jan, 2006, 4:19pm
wow, real wind problem ya got there pal

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