GUESS THE METADATA : PhotoGames Metadata Monday S4

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Guess the Shutter Speed, the Focal Length and the Aperture of this image!

Vacation, a new city, the last day before leaving ... Because of all this, I walked around Yaffa from lunch until late in the evening. And even tried to photograph some cityscapes in deep darkness :) In this case, masterpieces are usually not possible, but it turns out to capture memories, and this is the main thing!

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What is Shutter Speed?

Shutter speed is the length of time the camera shutter is open, exposing light onto the camera sensor. Essentially, it’s how long your camera spends taking a photo.
A fast shutter speed is typically whatever it takes to freeze action. If you are photographing birds, that may be 1/1000th second or faster. Long shutter speeds are typically above 1 second – at which point, you will need to use a tripod to get sharp images. You would use long shutter speeds for certain types of low-light / night photography, or to capture movement intentionally.
For more information and examples see Introduction to Shutter Speed in Photography

What is Focal Length?

Focal length describes the angle of view of a lens. That is, how much of a scene before us the lens captures. And in addition, how large subjects within the frame appear. The longer the focal length of a lens, the narrower its angle of view.
What is important to remember is that lenses with long focal lengths bring objects closer, like a telescope. And, on the flip side, wide angle lenses are great for capturing large vistas.
For more information and examples see What is Focal Length in Photography?

What is Aperture?

Aperture can be defined as the opening in a lens through which light passes to enter the camera. It is an easy concept to understand if you just think about how your eyes work. As you move between bright and dark environments, the iris in your eyes either expands or shrinks, controlling the size of your pupil.
f-stops are a way of describing the size of the aperture for a particular photo. For example, f/2.8 is larger than f/4 and much larger than f/11.
For more information, examples and videos see Understanding Aperture in Photography NOTE: Some cameras such as cell phones have very atypical numbering for aperture.



  1. For this Metadata Monday I would like you to guess the the shutter speed, the focal length and the aperture of the photo. Speaking of focal length, I mean 35mm equivalent focal length (or effective focal length), as if we are using a full frame camera.
  2. Only one guess per person, per post.
  3. No editing your guess - you have to commit!
  4. All metadata has been stripped from the pictures, so don’t bother looking for the EXIF!
  5. We are not required to tell you what kind of camera was used, or what time of day the photo was taken at, or whether filters were involved (this adds to the mystery and the challenge!)
  6. Submissions are due by: 14:00 PM UTC Wednesday, May 25


I will be giving HIVE TIPS to winners which will translate to PhotoGames points on the Leaderboard

  • Game: "Metadata Monday"
    The 1st person to guess the Shutter speed correctly (or closest): 2 Hive
    The 1st person to guess the Focal length correctly (or closest): 2 Hive
    The 1st person to guess the Aperture correctly (or closest): 2 Hive



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So, the metadata for this image is:
Shutter speed: 1/13 sec
Aperture: F 4.5

ISO 2500
Focal length: 34mm
35mm equivalent: 68mm

Camera: OLYMPUS E-M5 MarkII. The picture was taken without a tripod. I rarely walk with it, but at the same time the camera does not give me enough freedom to raise the ISO very much so as not to experience big problems with the quality of the image. So I from time to time practice shooting handheld even with such a fairly long shutter speed :)

The winners are:

  1. Shutter Speed: The closest to 1/13s is 1/10s. Congratulations @itchyfeetdonica!
  2. Aperture: The closest to f/4.5 is f/4. Congratulations @fotostef!
  3. Focal length: The closest to 68mm is closest to 70mm. Congratulations @asgarth!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

 last year  

1/60s, 70mm, f8

Congrats! First place for the focal length! You guessed very close :)

 last year  

Wow 🎉 ...thanks

1/10s, 100mm, f/3.5

Congrats! First place for shutter speed!
P.S. I made a mistake in determining the winner and at first mistakenly awarded you the victory for Aperture as well.
Let the extra hive tip be your gift :)

Thank you! I just refunded the extra 2 Hive to you as a tip. :)

It really wasn't necessary, but thank you :)


Cool shot :)

Thank you! :)
Congrats, first place for aperture! You were the closest to f/4.5.
In a hurry, I made a mistake in the hive tip comment :)

Thanks a lot :)

90 mm

Nice try, but you missed it :)

1/30s, 50mm and f/2.2

this would be really hard even if i had an idea of camera used :D

Nice try and reasonable guesses, thanks! As for the camera, perhaps this could lead to a correct direction ... But I don't know :)

3 sec

Still, I rarely walk around the city with a tripod for such exposure :) But this is a reasonable guess. Thanks for trying!

Still hand it is then :)

 last year  

1/25, 27mm, f/1.8

Nice try, Sara :) Thanks!

1/60s, 40 mm, f5.6

Thanks for participating! :)

65mm, f7.1, 1/20sec.

This is super hard! Would love to know the camera model/ISO value/tripod??? 😉

Thanks for the guess! You were very close in terms of focal length.
Camera: OLYMPUS E-M5 MarkII, no tripod, ISO 2500. According to the rules of the game, I was not obliged to report this - it would make the game easier :)

It was super hard! It’s a fun game though, thank you for hosting it. Look forward to learning what the answers are. 👍

You can already find it out in my comment to the post :)

The mystery is revealed! :)