Freeze the ac­tion

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

Walk around Stowe in spring and be­fore long you will hear the bleat­ing of lambs. To avoid dis­tress­ing the moth­ers, keep your dis­tance and use a 70-200mm tele­photo or longer lens. The shal­low depth of field will also help the lambs to stand out from the back­ground. Pick out a small group and spend some time ob­serv­ing their be­hav­iour – look for signs of on­com­ing bounci­ness. To catch them jump­ing, you will need a shut­ter speed of 1/500sec or more. Set the cam­era to aper­ture pri­or­ity and use a large aper­ture like f/2.8 or f/4. If nec­es­sary, raise the ISO to in­crease the shut­ter speed. Get­ting down to the same level as the lamb will give the im­pres­sion of see­ing the world from their point of view. A low view­point will also make jump­ing lambs ap­pear higher, but don’t just con­cen­trate on ac­tion shots; sooner or later they will tire and a pair of sleep­ing lambs also makes a cute photo.

Lambs can be un­pre­dictable so pick out a small group and ob­serve them for a while

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