Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marshmallows fly with the Blue Man Group

I take lots of photos, but I consider myself an amateur photographer at best.  The newest photo skill I've been working on teaching myself is how to utilize faster shutter speeds to freeze motion.

A couple of members of the Blue Man Group (not in their trademark blue makeup) visited the show to promote their performances at the Tucson Convention Center.  I had an opportunity to try out some faster shutter speeds while shooting photos of their segment.

One of the things they regularly do during their shows is catch multiple marshmallows in their mouths.  We asked if they'd help us out with some marshmallow throwing and catches, and they were kind enough to oblige.

The first photo below is show host Amanda tossing a marshmallow to Russell from Blue Man Group.  He caught it in his mouth.  Then, he threw one to Amanda and she caught hers.

I turned up the shutter speed on my camera to 1/225 and managed to freeze the action.  I thought it was especially cool that in the photo below where Amanda is catching her marshmallow, I got the photo of it while it was mid-air.

I've learned that using faster shutter speeds indoors with no flash can be tricky sometimes, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

Amanda tosses Russell from the Blue Man Group a marshmallow which he catches in his mouth

This photo freezes a marshmallow in mid-air while it was on it's way into Amanda's mouth.