Photo 101 by Nicole’s Classes: Shutter Speed

The next part of the first week’s homework assignment for Photo 101 was using shutter speed while photographing a subject in motion.  This one threw me through a loop at first since I don’t have any kids or pets running around and it’s been too cold outside to watch bikers at the park or what have you.  Eventually I remembered my trusty Kitchenaid mixer — it turns out that it comes in handy for more than just tasty treats!

I started with a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion of the paddle attachment.  I know the focus is off, and I’m sure it didn’t help that I needed to use ISO 800 in order to get a short shutter speed given the lack of natural light in my kitchen.  I swear that the paddle was moving when I snapped this shot:

fast shutter speed/freeze motion

f/1.8, 1/200 sec, ISO 800

And again with a longer shutter speed to show motion:

slow shutter speed/show motion

f/3.2, 1/10 sec, ISO 100

That photo was actually taken at one of the slower mixer speeds.  My first few attempts lost the paddle almost entirely because it was spinning so fast!