Bubble Time!

Bubble Time!

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
Blur = blurgh

With fast moving subjects, like children and bubbles, I found the focus and recompose method was easier to use than the flexible spot (what it’s called on my Sony Nex) focus mode. For still subjects, when you have time to think, I can see how the flexible focus point would be very handy to ensure that the subject is in focus.
I found these shots hit and miss to be honest and found it tricky to avoid the blur with fast-moving subjects. Any advice?
Pic 1 – ISO400, f/5, 1/640 taken at 80mm
Pic 2 – ISO200, f/11, 1/60 taken at 69mm
Pic 3 – ISO400, f/6.3, 1/400 taken at 122mm
Pic 4 – ISO400, f/6.3, 1/400 taken at 73mm

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I'm a Sydney mum to 2 gorgeous girls and am pregnant with my 3rd daughter, who will join us at the end of March. I'm keen to learn more about capturing the best shots of my children and am excited to be learning how to use my camera.


  1. Robyn, do you think my shutter speed was too slow? 🙂

  2. When I did the bubbles I had a really fast shutter speed
    Your last two photos the bubbles are really clear lovely photos x

  3. I would increase the shutter speed if you can next time Sally. Bubbles move surprisingly fast (especially if there is a bit of wind). I think you could open up your aperture a little to give you more shutter speed. If you stay at that distance the decrease in depth of field wouldn’t be very noticeable. And as Deb said the last two are wonderfully sharp. I do like the one with some blur in the bubbles too though; it shows the movement. My opinion is have lots of blur so that it looks deliberate rather than just a little where it looks like you’ve just missed the focus. I find bubbles to be hit and miss anyway as you never know what they are going to do. The key is practice, practice, practice! And shoot lots – delete lots 🙂

  4. bubble fun, love the last 2 pics especially

  5. I’m definitely shooting lots and deleting lots!!!! 🙂

  6. I like the combination of the second shot with the blur showing the motion along with the last two photos showing crisp clear bubbles.

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