Raj (XDrive ) writes that high speed photography allows the photographer to freeze motion as it permits “only a fraction of a second for the sensor to ‘see’ the scene” and the sensor “is going to record things at standstill even though they are moving.”

I set out yesterday with my camera set on autofocus with continuous focusing and the ISO at 800.  After coming home and doing a bit of deleting, I still have heaps of images…412.   Regrettably, most of them will be tossed into the trash because I assumed that setting my camera on manual and using the highest f-stop that the shutter speed would automatically record at 1/4000 to 1/8000 seconds.

Why did I chose manual…well, before leaving home I initally set my camera on shutter speed priory mode and saw that the camera seemed to prefer lower f-stops.  So, my first  mistake came with the assumption that there is a correlation between high f-stops and shutter speeds.  I also failed to set the camera on center focus and was not able to correct this decision as I left my glasses at home…sigh. Also, I did not pay attention to the shutter speed throughout the walk…and as you can see in the image below there are no frozen water drops…just a bit of blur, bubbles, and tiny pellets as well as a rock (lower right) in focus.

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Nikon D750   f/22   1/250s   85mm  ISO 800

The rain and snow last night left a bit of ice under a layer of snow…so will have to delay my return to the creek, when it is a bit warmer, to create motion frozen water drops with more attentive intention.

Yet, not all was lost…

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Nikon D750   f/22   1/640s   85mm   ISO 800
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Nikon D750   f/16   1/1000s  85mm   ISO 800
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Nikon D750   f/16   1/500s   85mm   ISO 800
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Nikon D750   f/22   1/500s   80mm   ISO 800

Thank you Raj…I appreciate these lessons and your feedback.