The definition of ‘ephemeral’ is ‘lasting for a very short time’. As with all animal photography the need to capture the perfect moment which usually lasts only a split second is imperative. This usually requires the camera settings to be on shutter priority mode (TV or S mode on a DSLR depending on whether you are using a Canon or a Nikon). If aperture priority is your preferred mode then make sure you use a larger aperture (smaller f number e.g f2.8). Continuous mode is also a good idea as it allows you to continuously be shooting, therefore you are more likely to capture the desired shot which you can pick from a large selection of images later on. Flash is always a good idea as is a high ISO if lighting is not very optimal as this will allow more light to enter the shutter, reducing the shutter time. The resulting image will allow any motion to be captured and usually it will turn out to look something a little like this… (with luck!).

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”


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