High Speed Photography


Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus

My second time through this amazing High Speed Photography course by talented photographer and friend Mariano Diez Peña.  Understanding the technical details is the first step, but then it all comes to creativity and timing – mostly timing.


Left: Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus  /   Right: Black-chinned siskin / Cabecitanegra austral / Sporagra barbata

Black-chinned siskins are quite temperamental.  When they are in the scene you sure get an interesting discussion.


Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus

As I said before, it’s all about timing, but there is a “luck” factor that weighs in too – a few mili-seconds later would have caught this little one with a totally different wing position.


Comesebo Patagonico / Patagonian Sierra Finch / Phrygilus patagonicus

Now, while this photo was taking the same day of the course, it isn’t the same “high speed” technique – instead it’s a normal lighting shot, with a pretty high ISO.  I like it a lot too.


White-throated treerunner / Picolezna patagónico / Pygarrhichas albogularis

Same thing with this beautiful White-throated treerunner, meaning – no high-speed but normal light in a rainy environment.

Last, but not least, was this hummingbird shot that I’m sharing next.  I was waiting for my turn on some gear, but the turn never came and I had to make it work with the resources I had at hand…  It did came out very nice too, look:


Green-backed firecrown / Picaflor rubí / Sephanoides sephaniodes

Thank you Marian for such an incredible opportunity to learn, practice and enjoy!

Trying out some Low Key Photography Concepts

This little guy has been my preferred photography model since day one.  

The concept I heard in the Photography course I’m taking on Wednesdays is quite interesting – I had seen “Low Key” and “Hight Key” pictures before and wondered how were they done?

  • My super tiny Model
  • A nice stone I was going to use as a background
  • A headlamp as Light 1
  • An iPod as Light 2
  • A blue cleaning cloth as Tone 1
  • And a yellowish cloth as Tone 2 

The one above is the photo that I like the most, but I did try a few other combinations too – see below.

Light 1 was a strong one that I had to cover a bit so it would only hit the Model partially from behind.

Light 2 was the iPod covered with the blue cloth just painting the background rock with the first tone.  Look at the other options I got by painting with the yellowish cloth covering the 2nd light. One with no painting at all, one with a very under-exposed shot, and a black & white version too.