Day 153 – Cliff Rescue Training

Low light evening coastguard training excercise, a perfect opportunity to challenge my Sigma 150-500mm lens, to try and capture the HM Coastguard Lymington team in action training without getting in the way, and to have a little bit of time to think about what makes a good image. It was windy, cold, I was moving around so a tripod was too awkward… so it was a question of keeping the shutter speed high enough for a crisp image, separating the coastguards from the background with a large aperture, and capturing enough in the image to tell a story.

Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/200 sec - setting up
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/200 sec – setting up
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 1000, F6.3, 1/200 sec - communicating with HQ
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 1000, F6.3, 1/200 sec – communicating with HQ
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 640, F6.4, 1/500 sec - setting up
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 640, F6.4, 1/500 sec – On the cliff top
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 1600, F5, 1/400 sec - securing the rescue lines
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 1600, F5, 1/400 sec – securing the rescue lines
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 800, F5, 1/500 sec - over the edge
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 800, F5, 1/500 sec – over the edge

The zoom capabilities of this lens was being restrictive to capture the whole scene I need to move back further along the cliff so that I could get a wider image, but the image does cause the scene to become compressed but I really like the effect this generates on the image below.  The low light and long shadows was definitely a challenge, but it was essential to keep the shutter speed high.

One of the biggest challenges too is the dynamic range of these shots, it is so easy to blow out the highlights on the reflective colours of the Coastguards jackets, but I am really pleased with this set today.

Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 1600, F5, 1/400 sec - Rescue Officer over the cliff.
Sigma 150-500mm lens, ISO 1600, F5, 1/400 sec – Rescue Officer over the cliff.

You can see other Coastguard Images that I have captured here.

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