Daily Archives: September 4, 2009

Photo Friday: Twist and Shout

Patrick tosses his disc.

Patrick tosses his disc.

Today’s Photo Friday is about a disc golf player (Patrick), his disc, and a photographer (yours truly) . . . and a test of how fast my (shutter) trigger finger truly is.

Still tossing . . . .

Still tossing . . . .

At Tuesday’s disc golf mini tournament, I noticed Patrick tossing a disc into the air as he waited to tee off. While airborne, the disc would twist, looking pretty cool. So I decided to see if I could capture the action photographically with my Nikon D300 and 70-200mm lens.

The toughest part of the assignment was keeping Patrick in focus and the disc pretty much in focus. For the top two photos, I went with my standard wide-open f/2.8 aperture (ISO 200) and a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second. The shutter speed wasn’t fast enough to not blur the disc, but I love the fluttering effect!

Still tossing . . . .

Still tossing . . . .

On the photo above and the one below, I closed the aperture a bit to f/4 (still ISO 200) and slowed the shutter speed to 1/80th. With that slower speed, you almost can’t tell that it’s a disc that’s being tossed in the top photo, it’s bending and twisting so much.

The final toss!

The final toss!

In this final photo, it’s easier to tell that it’s a disc due to the angle. But as for capturing that bending and twisting effect?

It’s definitely something to shout about!