Event Save ala VR

Posted: February 17, 2015 in Cameras, Events, Lenses, Photo equipment, Photography
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Part of photographing an event is capturing the speaker at the podium. In the film days this would require some patience and a roll of grainy high-speed film using a fast telephoto lens. Now with the evolution of lenses and cameras it is still a challenge, but it is more manageable.  In these examples from the recent MOSEIA annual conference, I was able to sit in the middle of the auditorium (not pestering the speakers too much) and with my Nikkor 70-300 VR zoom get nice animated snaps of the esteemed speakers. VR is an interesting technology — the lens whirs at some crazy high rpm with little gyros that stabilize the lens movement (or maybe there are little squirrels that race around a circular cage inside the lens barrel). I can take advantage of the 300 mm focal length, I don’t have to have a heavy, expensive f2.8 lens and I can keep my distance.  This, combined with a moderately high ISO in my Nikon D610, gets me the shot.  You can see though that you are limited to stabilizing the lens, not freezing the subject — I am shooting at 1/60 second at f5.6 — too slow for stop-action.

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