Saturday, February 9, 2013
It's a winter wonderland outside!
By no means is this a post about how to take photos in the snow...this was my experimentation at it! If you're a photo person, please feel free to give me your input!
I was a little afraid that I would wake up this morning to find that ALL the snow we had dumped on us would be melted (as happened during the last "snow storm") but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's all still there! I can't really give you a definite on how much snow really fell on us, I would say at least a foot, but there are parts that are past my waist and areas that you can still see ground. It was pretty windy yesterday so there's lots of drifts!
Anyways, I decided to go out and experiment with my camera again. It's slightly cloudy out, but the sun is shining through. Before I headed out, I figured I should look up the best way to photograph snow. So, I googled "how to photograph snow" and I found a Light Stalking post from 2010 that gave some pointers. My only lens is a 55mm so I obviously couldn't achieve the exact affects the photographs have on this link, nor was I shooting under the same conditions.
He suggested taking photos with a setting of f/4, which are these two photos below. Assuming I have the correct photography lingo down (please correct me if I'm wrong, I've never seemed to be able to get the correct vocabulary down for manual photography!), this would be too much exposure to light.
So, I adjusted to f/12, and that seemed to work a little better. I can't quite remember what my shutter speed was, I adjusted it a few times just playing around, but I kept it at a quick shutter speed, around 1/1000. (Photo followers, should I have upped that a little more? Some of these photos look cool but some probably could have used a little more contrast...)
Our car is buried...on one side! The other side looks like it's been plowed! lol
I LOVE these photos of Daphne! My shoveled deck gives the appearance of an edited, rustic photo! ;)
Now I need to figure out the right setting for taking photos of my white dog against white snow! I was trying to get a photo of all the frozen snow on her fur, but I may need that 300mm lens to achieve that...
It was only after I came inside that I remembered about the little -/+ dial on my camera where I can change the amount of light that is let inside the lens...