Pansy Bed

How to Defeat an Invisible Enemy

Certain lessons in art and life can only be taught by experience.  You can read book after book, take class after class, but when you are “in the field” working on a project things will happen.

I’ve just spent several days walking through a variety of gardens looking for the perfect floral subjects to add to my photography portfolio.   In that time, I took over 500 photos of flowers, insects, trees, and other various shots.  The weather was great and I enjoyed doing it.

However, when I got home, I saw blurry picture after blurry picture.  I’ve had this affliction before.  Indeed, I suffer from handshake, so I had bought a good tripod and a remote trigger for my camera.  So why am I still looking at blurry pictures?  Feeling a bit depressed, I looked closer at the facts surrounding my problem.

  1. I use a tripod, and a remote, so handshake is not a problem.
  2. Some pictures are clear and other are not at variable lengths, so it’s not the lens.
  3. Since I have pictures in focus, the camera works with no issues.

What could it be?

I started to remember where I had taken the clear shots and where I had taken the blurry ones.  Could the site have been a cause?  Location really is the only thing left.  Almost all the clear shots occurred in a sheltered area, like behind a retaining wall, or near trees, things like that.   The answer hit me. It was the wind!

Both days had wind gusts from 25-35 mph.  It’s not my camera moving, it’s the plant that’s moving that is causing the problem.  I now know the answer.  Next time I tramp through the gardens and it’s windy, I’ll remember to use a faster shutter speed and a reflector as a windscreen.

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