Shooting the Breeze

Work the wind

Did you ever go out with your photo buddies and find it too windy? You can stand around and shoot the breeze until the wind dies down, or you can, well, shoot the breeze.

Set the lowest ISO and stop down all the way. Add a polarizer or neutral density filter, or both to darken the scene; you want a slow shutter speed. If everything in the picture is moving you can try handholding. Camera movement may blend in with the moving subject.

If you can find a composition where something is not moving, it can provide an anchor for the eye. Use a tripod and focus on that object. Choose a middle aperture (f/8, f/11) for better sharpness.

This is perfect for digital shooters because you can see your results and play with settings. Experiment with ISO and shutter speed. You can also shoot a lot of images. Many may be duds, but a few could be wonderful.

Diane Miller is a widely-exhibited freelance photographer who lives north of San Francisco, in the Wine Country, and specializes in fine-art nature photography. Her work, which can be found on her web site,, has been published and exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many of her images are represented for stock by


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