Technical Challenge 106. Stop Action!

July 10th, 2020
Thanks very much to Felicity @fbailey for hosting the last camera challenge, and to everyone who participated and voted. Thank you for favoring my image – I appreciated it so much!

This is the 106th technique challenges on Project 365 so it’s no small thing to come up with something new and different (see full list below). For the past 24 hours, literally everything I thought of has been used in some form in this challenge. So, I decided to revisit the challenge of high shutter speed, with a specific focus on “Stop Action.”

Stop action is simply using your camera to catch something that is unlikely to be visible in detail with the naked eye. There are many opportunities to stop action, from sporting events to flying creatures (birds, insects) to water capture (the opposite of long exposure as in the following example):

Birds require high shutter speed to stop their action and capture their positions as in this photo by Jane Pittenger:

And here’s an example by “KV” who stopped both water action and the acrobatics of a wakeboarder:

And for a tutorial that is very quick and practical on capturing the results of water balloon popping, see:

Entries will close on 31 July 2020, and a short list will be selected on the 1st of August.

Please tag your entries technique-stopaction

Also adding thanks to April @aecasey for first creating this challenge.

I look forward to your entries,


For those curious about previous challenges:
1. Low key
2. Motion blur
3. Split toning
4. Flipped reflections
5. Long exposure
6. Professional looking portraits
7. Mini portraits
8. Rim lighting
9. High/fast shutter speed
10. Vintage in modern
11. Double/multiple exposure
12. Forced perspective
13. Zoom burst
14. Multiplicity
15. Panning photography
16. ICM
17. Shaped bokeh
18. B&W
19. High key
20. In the night
21. One-light lighting
22. Refractions
23. Selective color
24. Tilt-shift
25. Into the sun/flare photography
26. White background
27. Macro photography
28. Shooting blind
29. Framing
30. Light painting
31. Slow sync flash
32. Silhouettes
33. HDR (High Dynamic Range)
34. Minimalism
35. Panography
36. Blurism
37. Colour contrast (complimentary colours)
38. Diptych
39. Shadows
40. Ghost shots
41. Portraits with props
42. Negative space
43. Low key portraits
44. Kinetic photography (camera toss)
45. Self portraits
46. Flash photography
47. Tryptich
48. Breznier
49. Soft focus
50. Focus stacking
51. Architecture
52. Zoom burst - repeat
53. ICM - repeat
54. Square images
55. Using a reflector
56. DIY lensbaby
57. Backlighting
58. Multiple exposure
59. Zoom Burst - repeat
60. GIF
61. Rear synch flash
62. Smoke photography
63. Red shirt photography
64. Forced perspective - repeat
65. Scanography
66. Faceless portraits
67. Panoramic stitched photography
68. Colourful monochrome
69. High key portrait
70. Shallow dof
71. Bird's eye view
72. White balance
73. Backlighting - repeat
74. White on white
75. Close up
76. Multiplicity
77. Vaseline Soft Focus
78. Birds in Flight
79. Creative Bokeh
80. Zoom Burst - repeat
81. Low POV & Large Angle
82. Motion Blur (repeat challenge)
83. Vintage
84. Blue hour
85. Crystal ball
86. Symmetry
87. Obstructed view
88. Interrupted pattern
89. Vanishing point
90. Astrophotography
91. Combined knowledge
92. Shadows to Black, Black and White
93. Contrast in monochrome landscapes
94. Smoke
95. Reflection - repeat
96. Panoramic photography - repeat
97. High Key still life
98. Food
99. Shallow Depth of Field -repeat
100. Contre-jour
101. Homemade Filter
102. Vortography
103. Multiple Exposure/Pep Ventosa
104. Food stories -repeat
105. Flat Lay
106. Triptych/Diptych in the style of David Hilliard

July 10th, 2020
Great choice Taffy!
July 10th, 2020
@fbailey Thanks -- I can't believe how hard it was to come up with something workable for lots of folks that hadn't already been done!
July 11th, 2020
Cool challenge
July 12th, 2020
@salza Thanks! I hope you'll contribute!
July 22nd, 2020
July 22nd, 2020
What is the tag for this challenge? Thanks
July 22nd, 2020
@caterina This is GREAT! The tag is: technique-stopaction
July 22nd, 2020
Thank you!
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