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Create Whimsy with your Shutter Speed

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© John Bentham

The relatively slow shutter speed here (1/60th) blurs the swimmer jumping into the water adding action to the photo. By selectivly cropping objects in the photo a visual frame is created, the dock, horizon and figure on the left all create a visual border, keeping your eye in the photo and leading you back to the center of frame. The sparkles and ripples on the water are important and indicative of shooting on water. They, along with the playing children, provide the mysterious yet whimsical feel of this shot.


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