This is Chris Wallace (3rd Dan) photographed at Marple Aikido on 2nd July 2011.
Over the next few days I'll show you some photos that I took on the occasion of a visit to Marple Aikido by Japanese teacher Atsushi Mimuro (Aikikai 6th Dan).
With some of the photos, like this one, I deliberatley used a slow shutter speed to try and give a sense of the flowing movement that characterises Aikido.
For this image I used a 6 stop neutral density filter fixed to the front of my 85mm prime lens which allowed me to shoot with a very shallow depth of field and slow shutter speed - f1.4 and 1/5th of a second handheld.
I still find it amazing that my Nikon D700 camera was effortlessly able to track on Chris's face at f1.4 via it's continuous auto-focus system through the dark glass of the 6 stop nd filter.
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85 mm (35mm equiv.)