Timing is Everything: 10 Examples of Perfectly Timed Photos

General November 13th 2012 9:40 AM 9 Comments

When it comes to photography, timing is arguably everything. Photography is, after all, the act of freezing an instantaneous moment in time. Unlike lighting, composition, or aperture, timing is a photography technique that is not easy to quantify. It is usually the product of experience, alertness, and yes, even pure luck. You could be a professional photographer or a total beginner, but sometimes, being in the right place at the right time with your camera at the ready is all it takes. Or a 12-fps Canon EOS-1D X.

Of course photojournalists, street, wedding, and sports photographers are no strangers to timing, and they make their bread and butter from capturing that “perfect moment.” As an inspiration to timing, here are a handful of images that demonstrate great timing, courtesy of the creative site, BoredPanda.com. You can find more images from their post here and here. Enjoy!

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Humpback Whale by Michael Swaine @ AbovePhotograph.com.au

Moon at London Olympics by Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Moon at London Olympics by Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Flamingos in Formation by Robert Haas/National Geographic/Caters News Agency

Flamingos in Formation by Robert Haas/National Geographic/Caters News Agency

Sharkbait by Erin Quigley/Deep Indonesia

Sharkbait by Erin Quigley/Deep Indonesia

Attention Soldiers! by Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Attention Soldiers! by Alexander Natruskin/Reuters

Squirrel by Michael Higgins

Squirrel by Michael Higgins

Penguin Paparazzi by David C Schultz

Penguin Paparazzi by David C Schultz

Birds by Jens Birch

Birds by Jens Birch

For these two images, I could not find the original photographer. Please let us know who they are if you know.



So readers, which one of your photographs showcases great timing?

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Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook

9 Comments

  1. Tobias Solem

    OR… some creative use of Photoshop. :)

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    • Joey Duncan

      Don’t be a Troll, if you are going to accuse the photo of being fake, back it up with what you think if PS’d about the photos. 

      You look like a complete tool saying things like that, man up and prove you are smarter than everybody else here. Otherwise you are just the complete opposite.

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    • Joe Gunawan

      That’s why out of all the photos available on the BoredPanda.com website, I tried to choose the ones that are from news agencies. Even the shark was the winner for the Deep Indonesia national competition.

      - Joe

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    • Joey Duncan

      I don’t care if people say they are fake, but if you are going to, prove it. I trust in that places like SLRlounge take a little bit of time to watch that they aren’t, as you did Joe. 

      People need to stop being the “shoot from the hip” single line haters. I can’t stand it. And I can imagine it only makes your job more difficult. 

      I’ve seen most of these images before under pretty much the same heading under other sites (or maybe this one) and people just did the same thing, rolled out the hater carpet and ran with it. I understand some photos are fake, and I we don’t want them around, agreed, but it’s no different when people run their mouth without backing it up. It makes the person look bad, and it brings the comments down, almost as much as the ‘cool guy” comments when people criticize what the article is about or information stated as though they know better or are more comical. I want to read the comments, I’m interested in what people have to say, but it’s difficult when half of what people put up is not thought through, uneducated, or pure troll evil. 

      The internet needs to grow up, period. otherwise sites like this can’t properly grow, neither can their readers, nor the entire subject.

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    • wedding photographer

      Lol 

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  2. lisacng @ expandng.com

    My question is: are all of these verified to be real captures or just composites?

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    • Joe Gunawan

      While I can’t speak about all the images in the link, the majority of the images that I did post here are either from news agencies like Reuters or fairly established wildlife photographers, so I doubt that those are composites.

       – Joe

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  3. James Kendall

    i remember reading that the bike pic was fake but apart from the framing i can’t remember why people were saying that

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