Boar on the Run

The Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a nature photographer’s dream for capturing a range of wildlife as well as stunning landscapes. The wide open views are particularly good for panning shots. As a photographer you need to understand the impact of shutter speed on your images. If the image is static (no movement) then the shutter speed isn’t critical since it doesn’t have any impact (of course aperture will have).

But in cases where the subject is in action (in this case running), you need to decide whether to use a high shutter speed and freeze the action or use a slow shutter speed and get the panning effect. That’s a personal decision and either one can produce a great image when well executed.

In the case above I used a slow shutter speed and decided to pan the image. When panning you need to keep your focus on the face/eye of the subject and shoot in continuous mode. Use of AI Servo (or AF-C) mode is recommended as the camera needs to continuously focus on the subject.

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