Stephen Kirkpatrick

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Moments In Time

Ansel Adams

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”                                                                                              - Ansel Adams -
The Tetons and the Snake River (1942)
Ansel Adams

A photograph or series of photographs tells a story. It could be a short story, caption, novel, mystery, poetry, news feature, memoir – the list goes on. But the image lives as a moment in time, a record of life on earth as it passes before our eyes. Capturing that moment with a camera is the challenge.

There are many elements that contribute to photographic success, but timing is the single most important one. Capturing the perfect moment in the perfect light is easier said than done. It may take much preparation, traveling many miles, or waiting hours, days, weeks, or even years, but when the time is right there is no arguing the result. Great moments are more “time" important than “subject" important, and a great subject can be ruined or exalted by timing. In photography, the old cliche holds true - timing is everything.

Below are several examples of perfect timing, from a split second to a year.

Wood Duck Taking Off
1/500 sec.

Downey Woodpecker
1/15 sec.

Mallard Hen Taking Off
1 sec.

White-tailed Deer Feeding
8 seconds

Dragonfly Growing
1 Week

Green Dragon Fruit
1 Month

Sweetgum Tree in Summer
Sweetgum Tree in Fall

Sweetgum Tree in Winter

Sweetgum Tree in Spring
1 Year

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