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Bike jumping


This is another action shot taken in Southbank, London, not far from the place where I took the freerunning pictures.

Besides the usual action-shot photography challenges (quick shutter, hard to focus) that we have already mentioned before, this particular photo was taken under very harsh light conditions. There was extremely strong sunlight hitting directly the subject. As the biker was coming from the shadow areas, I had to guess the exposure level before he jumped, which resulted in a bit overexposed picture. I normally don’t like being so agressive with the post-processing filters, but with this photo I had no other choice.

Kayaking in Lee River

Yet another picture from Lee Valley Park. Some of the activities offered by the complex are kayaking, rafting and canoeing. Now, I am not particularly fond of almost any kind o boats, but the whole thing brought some classic action shots opportunities that were just too good to let slip by.

Over the kayaking section of the river there was a little bridge that gave me the right angle with perfect lightning, so I could freeze the action with a 1/1500s shutter speed. Aperture was wide open at f/5.6 (the maximum allowed by my kit lens at 105mm). This is one of the occasions in which I wished I had brought my 70-300 along, but I decided to travel light so I had left it in Germany this time. As this was quite a long distance shot, even with the wide aperture almost everything was on focus. Lack of a closer zoom forced me to perform an aggressive crop, so the image size is about a third of the usual size.

Hope you like it!

Angry duck

Hi guys!

Today’s shot is a wildlife action shot. During a one day trip to Lee Valley Park, near London, we came across the cutest bunch of little goslings. I tried to approach them to take a cute shot when suddenly their mum decided I was getting too close and went in the way hissing at me like an angry cougar, it was pretty scary :-D

Unlike the squirrel, the mad goose was anything but posing, so in order to get a shot that wasn’t too blurry it was in order to go for the quickest possible shutter. Thanks to the bright sunlight I was able to shot at 1/500s, although maybe 1/1000 would have been better. Depth of field was narrow enough at f/5.6, so it was impossible to get a tack sharp focus (also the damn thing wouldn’t stay still for long enough). Overall I think it came alright.

Enjoy!