Photograph by Pedro Jarque Krebs, (portfolio)
Date: September 25, 2011
Camera: Canon EOS 60D (Amazon)
Focal Length: 300mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec
Note: Pedro Jarque Krebs captured this Indian Eagle Owl, (Bubo Bengalensis) in mid-flight, freezing a great moment. It looks like the owl is getting launched from a cannon or explosively flying upward. The slight motion blur on the wings adds “movement” and another element of interest to photo.
Tip: Pedro used a telephoto lens to get a closer view of the owl, without actually having to get so close to his subject. A good general rule for shooting with telephoto lenses, is to multiply your focal length by 1.5x to effectively remove unwanted movement or “shake” in your photo. Example: Pedro shot this photo at 300mm, so 300 x 1.5 = 450. You would then want to set your shutter speed to “1/450” of a second. You could set it higher depending on how much movement your subject is doing. In this case, Pedro’s shutter speed was 1/1000, which wasn’t even fast enough to freeze the owl’s wings, but you can see the sharpness in it’s face.