Exercise 3.1: Freeze

20th April 2021

… using fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject. 

OCA EYV (2014)

The Frozen Moment – Hall Place and The Fish Tank

First shoot: Hall Place

Chosen images taken in Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley, Kent.

Second shoot: The Fish Tank

Chosen shots of bubbles in the fish tank.

Hall Place Technical

  • Camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
  • Lens: Lumix G Vario 14mm-42mm, F/3.5-5.6 (28mm-84mm 35mm equivalent)
  • ISO: 640
  • Settings: Shutter Priority Mode
  • W.B. Direct sunlight
  • Spot metering
  • File Type: RAW and jpg
  • Handheld

I took part in an extra curricular photography day at Hall Place and Gardens. During this session I worked on two primary themes connected with the technique of freezing movement. These themes were people and water.

To gain interesting perspectives and to specifically capture a series of walking images, I often laid on the floor and took photographs as people walked towards me and past me. The low shooting enabled me to focus on the soles of the shoes which emphasised the freezing of the foot in mid walk just before it was placed flat on the ground.

The difficulty for me was using the shutter priority mode because it is a new technical method for me and therefore I was experimenting quite a lot, which produced lots of images with different settings.

As the day went on I did become more at ease with working with the new technical side of the shoot and I was able to finally focus more on my subject matter, particularly photographing people around the estate and catching them walking, talking and playing etc…

Fish Tank Technical

  • Camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5
  • Lens: Lumix G Vario 14mm-42mm, F various (28mm-84mm 35mm equivalent) various f-stop settings
  • ISO: 25600
  • Spot metering
  • Mode: Shutter Priority
  • W.B. Direct Sunlight
  • File Type: RAW and jpg
  • Handheld

Sitting talking to my dad, I noticed the fish in the tank behind him and immediately thought that the fish moving would be a good theme for the frozen exercise. However, on watching the fish and trying to capture a few shots I realised that the bubbles from the filter would make an excellent subject to shoot.

The only difficulty with this shoot came about by the unpredictable changing paths of the swimming fish which would occasionally throw my focus out.


Using the Shutter Priority Mode was an unfamiliar setting to me and I was quite reluctant to have to use it because I have not consolidated my understanding of how the exposure triangle works. While shooting out in the field, trying to capture a moment in time and thinking about the settings was problematic. There is not a way of re-capturing a moment past, so seeing, reviewing settings, altering settings and then shooting means ‘a shot lost’ when using this technique.

Practicing shooting and freezing movement in Shutter Priority Mode might have been daunting at the beginning of the day, but by the end, I had begun to grasp the technique and the technical skills involved.

I have a long way to go to realise my full potential in using these settings and capturing thought provoking images connected with freezing the subject matter, but that is the excitement of learning a new skill, the end products at the end of the learning journey.

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