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:


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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