The opposite of the slow shutter technique is shown in this beautifully composed shot of a waterfall from Andrea Swan of Rugby, UK. Andrea has used a shutter speed of 1/500th of a second to freeze the movement. The picture was taken on a Panasonic TZ1 compact camera, demonstrating that you don’t need an SLR to take excellent photos.
It’s not often we get a husband and wife team entering our photo competition, but we’ve also received this excellent photo from Andrew Swan, also of Rugby, UK. Since both entries were sent in separately and both are superb photos, there’s certainly no problem as far as I’m concerned, but I can’t help thinking that somebody’s going to end up sleeping on the sofa before much longer. Andrew has also used a higher shutter speed, capturing this dripping water sculpture at 1/125th of a second and f/5 on his Olympus E-500 DSLR.
Frozen movement is the theme of this next shot too, although in a more literal sense this time. This photo of ice-covered branches with a huge waterfall in the background (Niagara?) was sent in by Davoud Davies of Liverpool, UK. Unfortunately Davoud has told me nothing about this shot, and since there’s no EXIF data either I don’t even know what camera was used. It’s a beautiful picture though.
Another photo about which I know almost nothing is this nice night-time perspective composition from Peter Williams of Leatherhead, Surrey, UK. Again the use of a long exposure has smoothed the motion of the water and produced some pleasant effects with the underwater lights.