WPC: Motion

Ducks in Motion-086

Good morning from a foggy and sunny ANZAC day in Hastings.  Today is an important day for us.  It is the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign in World War I.


Even Google has honoured our fallen soldiers.

Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders (and Australians) mark the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 25 April 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey.

Key dates

25 April 1915: Gallipoli landings

8 May: NZ troops take part inSecond Battle of Krithia

8 August: NZ troops capture Chunuk Bair

15-20 December: Troops evacuated from Anzac area

For eight long months, New Zealand troops, alongside those from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces desperately fighting to protect their homeland.

By the time the campaign ended, more than 130,000 men had died: at least 87,000 Ottoman soldiers and 44,000 Allied soldiers, including more than 8700 Australians. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a fifth of all those who had landed on the peninsula.

In the wider story of the First World War, the Gallipoli campaign made no large mark. The number of dead, although horrific, pales in comparison with the death toll in France and Belgium during the war. However, for New Zealand, along with Australia and Turkey, the Gallipoli campaign is often claimed to have played an important part in fostering a sense of national identity.


Anyway I have already done another post for this so onto the challenge given to us by The Daily Post

Capturing motion is a beautiful way to convey a story in a photograph, sometimes even more so than a photo of the same subject in a stationary pose. Some situations lend themselves to “action” photography; sports, dance, the wind gusting through trees on a stormy evening, but anything that can move is a candidate for these types of shots. Some people even capture the movement of our planet by photographing star trails!

Freezing movement in a photograph generally requires a fast shutter speed (a high number on your camera) and plenty of light, but virtually any conditions can yield interesting movement photographs. This tutorial has a very nice overview of the different strategies for photographing moving subjects, and may be a great source of inspiration.

I am always trying to capture the ducks in motion at Cornwall Park. Not very successful as the dud blurry photos show in my archives.

By watching the ducks I have noticed that they splash around a lot by going up and under the water.

Ducks in Motion-078

Ducks in Motion-083

Ducks in Motion-084

I found that zooming didn’t work.  So I was more successful with a wider angle approach and then crop post processing.






#FridayFoto: Something Tells Me That This Ain’t Gonna End Well…




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