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Science - Zoooooom!

One of the biggest advantages of shooting with a digital SLR is that I can immediately see what's working and what's not. Mooring deployments could be generalized as long periods of waiting punctuated by brief periods of intense activity. When the next instrument is ready to be added, no time is wasted -- it's wheeled out on deck and attached to the line as quickly as possible. Then, the line can be let out until the next instrument is ready.

I wanted to capture this "hustle and bustle" phase by showing motion in the photograph. Here, I deliberately used a slow shutter speed (1/15th of a second) and panned with Scott Lussier as he wheeled the MMP to the fantail. The digital camera allowed me to confirm that this shutter speed was slow enough to give a sense of the motion, but fast enough so that the whole shot wasn't comletely blurred.

Technical information:
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8
Film: Compactflash

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