Freezing the Action

I love my Canon 60D and how well it does in low light, but the old Canon XTi didn’t do too bad for itself back in the day, either.  Check this picture out, taken in the “old” Yankee Stadium in the summer of 2008.

300mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/800th second

It was shot at 7:00 on a late July night.  The sun was in its last hour above the horizon, but I was also shooting a lens out at 300mm, handheld, at ISO 800, f/5.6 and still getting a 1/800th shutter speed.  I think that’s pretty cool.  And it also shows you how to freeze the action using a very fast shutter speed.  At 1/250th, that water spraying out of the hose would have been more of a blur, and my hand’s natural shakiness would have made the whole picture blurry.

There was some noise in the image, but Lightroom 3’s amazing noise reduction took care of that pretty easily.

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