30 MAY 21

What makes a good picture? The answer is not simple and I don’t believe there is only one, but certainly one of the main aspects of photography is capturing that unique moment. For the photographer, not only the skills are required, but also being in the right place at the right time.

I’m here to give you a good example - well, at least that’s what I think - art is relative and it can be seen with different perspectives, but in my humble opinion the picture below is a great picture! It makes me giggle and I was very impressed with the outcome considering my resources.

My husband and I went cycling that day. As usual, I took my camera with me, but I wasn’t even planning anything. I love it when I go out shooting without even knowing what to expect, just go with the flow! We saw these sheep in a field, quickly put our bikes down, I grabbed my camera and slowly and quietly walked towards them and started shooting.

What I did on that day was another very important aspect of photography: I anticipated the moment. We saw one of the sheep acting like a dog and scratching its back on the grass. When my husband said ‘I think it's gonna roll over!’ I quickly changed my settings to increase the shutter speed, selected continuous shooting mode and waited. Then the moment came.

As photographers, we have to think so quickly so we don't miss the chance which means it’s easy to overthink or make a silly mistake, but when we get it right it’s something that we should be proud of. 😊

Without being too technical, I don’t think this is a perfect picture but it’s a great picture considering my limitations at the time – I used an entry level camera (Canon EOS 4000D), with ISO 800! For those who know about photography, increasing the ISO (especially using a crop-sensor camera) is like tightrope walking: it’s really risky. If you fall, you will probably get a very grainy picture, but if you don’t: phew! But you probably reached the limit and I certainly did. 😂

I didn't want to use such a high ISO, but in order to take that picture I had to. I couldn’t miss the foreseen moment that I pictured in my mind before taking the actual picture. Sometimes you have to work with what you've got. The light conditions were poor, I had to use a high shutter speed to freeze the motion, not to mention I was using a kit lens with limited aperture range, but you know what? You don’t need expensive gear to capture a unique moment in time that will never happen again.