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Photo of the Day | Rush Sturges

Todays photo of the day is a slow shutter. It is all about the motion and driven by the vision to do something different. It was captured during the the 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix at Black Mass.

Typically when I am shooting slow shutters in kayaking I will shoot pretty wide as it increases the odds that the kayaker will be sharp. I am also often locked down on a tripod or Joby GorillaPod for these but this one is handheld and 400mm.

At 400mm and 1/15th of a second, handheld there is a lot of luck going on here to get just the little bit of sharpness you need. I was shooting using burst mode and it took a few hundred shot to finally get one that worked, but that’s all part of the fun.

To achieve 1/15th of a second during the day I used a neutral density filter on the lens. A must have piece of equipment in my opinion that many photographers don’t have.

Rush Sturges surfs Black Mass during the Whitewater Grand Prix.

Rush Sturges surfs Black Mass during the Whitewater Grand Prix.

Meta data: Canon 5D MKIII with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L II with 2x Extender III | ISO 100 | 400mm | f/25 | 1/15sec | ND filter

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