Jennifer Marano  

Watching, Waiting by Jennifer Marano

September 2021 - Watching, Waiting

About the Image(s)

This was taken in July on the Brooks River in Katmai National Park. Our trip leader suggested trying a slower shutter speed - 1/8 second, in this case, as the bears were standing very still in the rapidly moving water. Other settings: ISO 250 @ f/32, 400 mm using my Sony A7mark 3 with a Sony 100 - 400 lens.

14 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
WOW - you nailed this! Someone gave you great advice. The appearance of the water conveys motion - I also like the appearance of the less turbulent water at the upper left. While not tack sharp - the bear is sharp enough - everyone understands what it is. He looks so wet/cold/thin; hopefully he caught dinner. Impressive shooting at 1/8 sec with a 400mm lens (that's about 5-6 stops slower than the 1/focal length rule would suggest). You either have steady hands or great image stabilization.

Regarding the settings - minor point - if you were shooting this again - I would try the base ISO (likely 100); enabling you to open the lens 1-2 stops more and still use the 1/8 sec exposure. That might have helped with sharpness of the bear.

Love the image - and I suspect you have many more like it :)   Posted: 09/02/2021 16:47:05
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks, Steven! I don't know about steady hands, but the image stabilization does help a lot. I really need to keep reminding myself to check my settings each time I do something different. I didn't even think about ISO, just set the shutter for 1/8 second and let the camera deal with it. Not the most professional way to go, but maybe next time I will think more and shoot less!   Posted: 09/02/2021 18:08:08
Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
You did an amazing job - in the heat of the moment. Always easy to Monday morning quarterback :)
  Posted: 09/02/2021 18:09:29

Will Korn   Will Korn
Ditto to what Steve said, great effect with the water. Nothing to add, just want to say it's a great photo.   Posted: 09/02/2021 17:08:18
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thank you, Will! I appreciate your comments.   Posted: 09/02/2021 18:09:06

Will Korn   Will Korn
Ditto to what Steve said, great effect with the water. Nothing to add, just want to say it's a great photo.   Posted: 09/02/2021 17:08:20

Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Jennifer, I LOVE this! And I agree with what YOU said about checking settings each time I try something new. The water flowing with the bear standing so still is just amazing! Great job!   Posted: 09/08/2021 07:36:17
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks Cindy! I think a lot of us need to be reminded about checking settings - too many years of point and shoot! That's what is so great about this group - the gentle reminders!   Posted: 09/08/2021 11:05:29

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
...steady hand, indeed!! Great capture, Jennifer. Beautifully executed!

As it relates to ISO setting...this should be the first item you set before any photo shoot: your camera is factory set at 100, but 250 (in this photo) is just off that and will not inhibit clarity in this composition. Though, with the bright atmosphere, ISO-100 (base setting) would have been my first choice, as Steve mentioned.   Posted: 09/14/2021 06:43:30
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks Lance. Of course you are right, especially with a longer exposure, there was no need for a higher ISO. I'm hoping for the day when thoughts like that come automatically, but I'll just have to keep plugging at it.   Posted: 09/15/2021 21:36:06

Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Great photo! I like your handling of the water allowing the bear to really stand out. Along with others, I am also impressed in how you handled the 1/8 second shutter speed. This image tells a great can see the bear's anticipation waiting for the next meal! Very well done!   Posted: 09/15/2021 08:51:39
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks Dale! I appreciate your kind comments!
  Posted: 09/15/2021 21:36:59

Chan Garrett   Chan Garrett
It's already been said above. All I can add is, "I love this image."   Posted: 09/16/2021 15:32:53
Jennifer Marano   Jennifer Marano
Thanks Chan!   Posted: 09/16/2021 16:25:00


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