Capture This - Snow and Ice

February 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Capture This - Snow and Ice
Good morning and welcome to round two of the 'Capture This' blog and...still continuing on a bit of a weather theme!   

Before we indulge in endless sunshine and warming temperatures, I thought I'd dedicate a month to snow and ice.  Aside from shooting the beautiful snow crystals...capturing images in the snow can be very challenging!  Your camera may complain that your exposure is too much and try to get you to increase your shutter speed or narrow your aperture...don't be fooled!!  The camera doesn't know that all that white is exactly what you want.  You will end up with grey snow and a job in post processing to correct it all!  That said, modern cameras do an amazing job of working it out, so you might find that your camera does just perfectly - it's just good to be aware in case it falls a little short.  An additional exposure compensation of one or two thirds of a stop will do the trick. 

Just a quick note - all of the images on this blog are captured with my 50mm 1.4 lens.  It is an amazing lens and if you only have a kit lens that came with your camera and your thinking of getting your first additional lens, I would highly recommend it!  Not too expensive and there are several options - you don't have to go for the f1.4 you could go for a smaller aperture and get the lens for around $130.

As always, I have included the settings I used for the images.  The one below actually surprised me a little.  I wanted to get this skier alone on the piste and grabbed my camera quickly....not easy when your on the lift with all those gloves and poles and don't want to drop anything below :-).  I didn't have time to change the settings and knew that my shutter speed had to be fast to freeze the skier....probably not that fast, but I didn't have time to think!  At f2 you might expect that more of the image would be out of focus and if you look closely, it is....I think the slope is much smoother because of the aperture and would show much more detail if I'd managed to change the aperture to something more like f8.
Exposure - 1/5000 sec at f2.0
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO 200
Exposure - 1/160 sec at f13
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO 200
Exposure - 1/1000 sec at f10
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO 200
I love the contrast in this shot above of the white snow and the dark trees and shadows as well as the little burst of yellow on the sign.
Exposure - 1/320 sec at f10
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO 200
Exposure - 1/160 sec at f13
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO 200
Snow images are great in black and white as well and with the image below, I just love the texture in the untouched slope.  Which leads me to my last and obvious but essential point in this blog....make sure you assess your subject before walking anywhere near it!!  Footsteps in a snowy scene that you don't want are difficult to get rid of and you might be waiting a long time to get another snowfall to cover up your tracks!!
Exposure - 1/320 sec at f10
Focal Length - 50mm
mm
ISO 200
Next Time
February will continue with snow and I look forward to trying to bring you some more images of just how stunning everything looks when it has a new covering of snow. 

Do get in touch if you have any questions or comments and of course I would love to see any images you would like to share this month.  I look forward to hearing from you,


Cheers
~Tracey
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