Wind and Photography: Catch It or Be Blown Away?
|ISO 400, f/11, Shutter speed 1/50 second|
|ISO 50, f/16, Shutter speed 1/4 second|
Wind is almost always present on the Montana prairie. As I made my annual trip to photograph my favorite cabin, the wind was blowing moderately. I decided to try a couple of different photographs to capture the wind. I wasn't sure if I would like them more or less than the perfectly still shots. To be truthful, I wasn't sure of my still shots would work at all because of the wind.
On the left I chose a very slow shutter speed, smaller aperture and a low ISO film speed. This allowed for plenty of movement. On the right side shows a faster ISO film speed, a much quicker shutter speed but still a fairly small aperture so that I would have everything in focus. The picture on the left is an exposure of 12.5 times a much time as the right. I was hoping to get a lot of motion without making everything so blurry as to become indistinct. (That kind of blurriness is achieved by using a neutral density filter.)
Hopefully you can see some things you like in each photograph. One tells the story of the wind on the prairie. The other is a story of the prairie without the wind.