When most people see an image like this, they think you just happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture a photograph like this. But, nothing can be further from the truth. Reality is you have to anticipate the action and visualize ahead of time the picture you want.
In this image, I was walking around Warrenton Marina, Oregon looking for nautical subjects to photograph, when I spotted a small fishing boat entering the harbor. I knew the boat would have to head down the waterway into the Marina. So I ran down the marina onto the pier, positioning myself looking down the center of the channel for a nice photographic composition.
I quickly changed my camera settings to shutter priority and set the shutter speed to 1/250 second. I then set the image stabilizer on my lens and took a sample exposure. I checked my histogram and since it was overcast lighting, no exposure compensation was necessary. Seconds later, the fishing boat started turning in the channel and I took a sequence of three shots, with the one above as the best image.
I was able to capture this image because, I anticipated the action, visualized ahead of time the composition I wanted and I knew my camera equipment.
Kenny’s Tip: “Anticipate The Action.”
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4 IS USM
- Focal Length: 93mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: 1/250 Second at f/11