Many kinds of action culminate in a peak, where the motion stops for a moment before resuming. A basketball player at the top of his or her leap before uncorking a jump shot, a ski jumper at the apex of a soaring flight down a slope, or a roller coaster poised at the top of a hill can all be captured at relatively slow shutter speeds.
You can find lots of action peaks that don't involve sports, too. Your child on a swing can be frozen for an instant at each end of the swing's arc. Birds in flight stop pumping their wings and ease into a lazy glide to ride thermal currents.
The magic bullet for catching peak action is patience and perseverance. Figure out just when the crucial moment is likely to occur, and then time your shot accordingly.
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