This image may look great to you. A moment was captured for sure. As a professional, I am always working to get the best images not only technically, but with emotion and storytelling.
This image I am very happy I captured it, but unfortunately, it is not quite super sharp. What happened?
While photographing these two, the light was getting darker and darker. We were at dusk. I was trying to keep my ISO from getting extremely high with having to use a high shutter speed to capture the action.
I decided to “fudge it” and try to keep my shutter speed down so my ISO was not so high. I shot this at 1/640th of a second. But in doing so, I lost some sharpness due to their movement as well as my own while holding a heavier long lens.
The general rule is however long your lens is, double that for shutter speed if you are hand-holding to avoid camera shake. I had a 100-500mm lens on. So really I should have been at 1/1000th of a second as a minimum.
I should not have sacrificed so much and would have been better with the higher ISO which means a little more “noise” but would have been a sharper image.
Shot at 1/640th of a second and ISO 800
I would have been better with a higher ISO which would have allowed me a faster shutter speed. It is always a balancing act!