All entries for Saturday 21 April 2007

April 21, 2007

Smudge the acrocat

Smudge had great fun this afternoon chasing an assortment of flying insects around the garden. This gave me an opportunity to try out a feature of my camera that I don’t get to use very often. It has a “drive mode” that causes it to take a picture every 0.1s, keeping the last 2s worth when you release the shutter. So, you point the camera at a likely subject (e.g. a cat), press the shutter, and wait for something to happen, and release the shutter immediately afterwards.

Now, the camera can’t keep this up at full resolution – in this mode the pictures are only 1024×768 – and the quality doesn’t seem to be spectacular. But it does let you get results like this:

Acrocat

You’ll need to click through to the full-resolution version to get the whole effect. I perhaps should have arranged them two rows rather than one!!

It is fascinating to see Smudge’s motion through the air. And remember, there are 7 photos in this sequence, all 0.1s apart, so this is just 0.6s of action!


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