Behind the Frame – Shaking Hyena

Gerry van der Walt All Authors Leave a Comment


Shaking Hyena

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, 300mm, 1/60, f/7.1, ISO 1000

Madikwe Game Reserve


Slow shutter speeds and motion blurs are normally linked with subjects moving across your field of vision.  This is when you create images where your subject is sharp and in focus and the background all streaky to imply movement.

It’s great fun to play with – to achieve different results – but there are many more ways in which you can use a slow shutter speed to create striking images.  

We were sitting with a huge clan of hyenas and I was busy shooting portraits of one of the youngsters laying off to the side.  Thanks to some or other annoying insect the youngster started shaking it’s head furiously!  Again and again and again.  And again.

I was in Av mode and the early morning light was still quite soft so with a scroll of my front selection wheel I quickly closes my aperture down, which results in a slower shutter speed, and fired away.  By keeping still I was able to get the animal’s body sharp, as it was not moving, while the shaking head was blurred due to the slow shutter speed.

The lesson from this?

By knowing your equipment, and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, you will create more photo opportunities when you are out in the field.  Also, make sure to keep an eye out for repetitive behavior.  It helps!

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

* * * 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *