Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Didn't turn out, again.

I cannot count the number of times that I've tried to take a picture and said to myself: "It's fuzzy, it's blurry, it's not going to turn out. What can I do to get the shot I want? Tell me how to fiddle with the shutter speed, the aperture, whatever it takes, I need some photography advice!"

The photo below is a good example. A tiny green snake at the zoo had snagged a rather large goldfish and was desperately attempting to swallow the still-wriggling fish. I was shooting through two panes of dirty glass, with low, artificial light. The subject was moving.

Not surprisingly, this is how it turned out. I was able to compensate for the fluorescent light but probably should have forced my ISO higher to compensate for the movement. Perhaps that would have helped with the low light conditions as well? I'm just not sure.

I assume that you're familiar with this image, right?

I need this:

Or perhaps I should start hitting up my photography-oriented amigos for some advice. :)
cartoon credits here and here.