Saturday, January 21, 2012

Drip Drop Goes the Faucet

Did that get your attention?  Have you been there before?  I'd even bet some of you are thinking this is going to be a post about all the pretty new wonderful faucets available out there.  Sorry to disappoint you but it's not.  It's literally a post about a dripping faucet, not that I have one though.  Now I know some of you may be a bit confused right about now and I have a leaky faucet or not. I most definitely do not.  Then what the heck am I talking about?  

I am talking about capturing the drip drops of water from the faucet on the photos.  You see, I am rather amateurishly trying to learn how to use my camera.  I am participating in a blog lesson party over at It's Overflowing.  Please check out the link here to see more for yourself.  This lesson is about shutter speed and this photo was taken with my shutter speed set at 1/30.

 This one shows my shutter speed set at 1/60

Again, this one was taken at 1/250....

And this one, set at 1/500.  I am loving how the water shows up differently in each and can see the lesson on movement but am quite baffled about why the lighting changed in each of these photos without me adjusting anything other then the shutter speeds.  If any of experts out there would care to comment on this I would love to know.  

Please be kind though and remember I am a newbie! 

On a personal note, I am enjoying a full weekend off despite the weather. Hope you are having a great weekend too!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fun to see the different pics! I'll bet that party is very informative:@)

  2. 1/250 is my favorite. t would make a beautiful art print . you are doing very well Mary.

  3. From my understanding, the shutter opens and closes really fast with higher shutter speeds, not allowing much light to enter the camera, which results in darker pictures. That is just a guess. I am also following along with Aimee's photography Friday's, so I'm still learning and could be wrong.

    1. Monica I think you are exactly right! I am amazed at this lesson. I cannot wait to see if the exact opposite happens when adjusting the shutter speed on a very sunny day!

  4. Ok! Now we are talking!!! The lower shutter speed allows your lens to stay open longer and allow more light to get in. The higher the shutter speed is how fast the shutter is opening and closing so when it goes fast at 500, you don't get as much light because it is going fast! You catch the drops of water with the fast shutter speed because you are freezing the moment in time. You see more of a stream in the slower speed because the lens stays open and you are getting the motion blur. Did that make sense? :-) I love this stuff!

    I have to shoot at usually 1/80th or higher or my shots are blurry. I am normally shooting kids who keep moving so I have to have a faster shutter speed! You can add more light with a higher shutter speed by bumping up the ISO if you need to.

    If you ever have a question, just ask me! I am happy to help!

  5. Pretty cool! I knew Kathryn would know the answer!

  6. I'm also participating with Aimee - checking out your shutter speed pictures. They look great! I'm lacking a lot of natural light in my current home and so I am a little nervous about what to photograph!

  7. Very cool illustration! I definitely need to start learning to use my new camera. The weather has been so dreary lately, so I tend to not take any photos. I'm sure I will when Spring comes along!

  8. I think your pictures are amazing! I'm still trying to figure out all of my camera features. I really like what you did.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to see my organized pantry. I'm still lovin' it!

  9. These pictures turned out positively perfect! You go girl!!! When we start adjusting everything together you will have more control over the lighting, but for now you totally did the exercise superb!!! XO, Aimee


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