Today's image, obviously, is a series a images taken using continuous high speed shutter. Before we get into it I'll talk a little bit about Nikon's (or any manufacturer's) continuous mode of shooting. It kind of cracks me up when some friends say with certainty that their camera can shoot at six, seven or nine frames per second. In the case of today's image(s) that's most likely the case. But, if you're in low light and your shutter speed is one second, you can shoot at a maximum of --- one frame per second. If you're shooting a seven shot bracket, and your "normal" shutter speed is 1/100 of a second, you'd have 1/12 of a second as your longest shutter speed. Add up 1/12th +1/25th +1/50th +1/100th + 1/200, +1/400, and 1/800th and you'll find you've used up just about that whole second. Start at 1/50th and that one second is long gone before you get that six frames per second over. A friend of mine who has a D3 (not a D3X) found that out the hard way when he heard my D300 start to labor during a seven shot bracket. He wanted to show me how fast his D3 was. I told him to use the same Aperture I had, in Aperture Priority Mode. His camera went click, click. click, click, click, click, click, same as mine had. There are some rules of physics that you can't break no matter how good your camera is. But, back at today's image, it's a burst of exposures in high speed continuous mode with plenty of sunlight. It was clicking away as fast as the mechanism would go. Seeing as the Nikon D300 can run at six frames per second, today's image should be about a one second interval. Putting the sequence together in Adobe Photoshop CS5 is easier than you might suspect. To learn how it was done, hit the "Read More".
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