Snow shots for CC

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Snow shots for CC

Well, I had been wanting a chance to practice shooting in the snow, and I definitely got my wish! We're digging out from a storm that dumped 2 feet on the D.C. area. I will hopefully get more shots tomorrow, now that the snow has stopped and I don't have to worry as much about protecting my camera from the moisture.

I took these shots more as practice and to record the event. They're not great technically, but it was a good opportunity to play with the manual mode and test ISOs. My son is very hyper, so it's hard to get a good, clear shot of him.

I'd love to your feedback, especially regarding the color of these pics. Any tips are most appreciated! Thanks!

#1 (f/13, 1/500 sec, ISO 800)

Egad! The snow doesn't look this blue in Gimp or Photobucket.

#2 (f/13, 1/80 sec, ISO 800)

Is this pic hopelessly overexposed?

#3 (f/10, 1/60 sec, ISO 400)

#4 (f/13, 1/60 sec, ISO 800)

These are my neighbors' girls. I just had a couple of seconds to fire off some shots before they went for a walk. It was challenging to edit this pic because of the bright pink jumpsuits and bright white snow. I toned down the red/magenta in the girls' faces.

#5 (f/13, 1/60 sec, ISO 800)

Not a great composition, but I still want to give this pic to the parents. I asked the older girl to catch snowflakes on her tongue, but she was a little tentative!

Joined: 03/16/15
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Very cute!

Your ap is way too small. It is making your ss way too low and your iso too high. You want your iso to be as low as it can while at the same time you want your ss to not go slower than 1/125 (probably faster for moving kid shots).

The wider your ap is, the narrower your depth of field is as well so you will get a blurrier background. Sometimes that is desired, sometimes not. I like to shoot at f/2.8 but that is just my personal preference.

Joined: 03/16/15
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Wow! that is alot of snow! Looks like you found some cute snow bunnies to practice on too. I agree that you could have lowered your ap, and upped your ss much higher. However, your pics seem to be pretty sharp. Snow is really hard to shoot, IMO. You did a great job capturing some memories!

Joined: 03/16/15
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Cute pictures- we got dumped on as well here in Delaware. Way too much for me.

I agree with Steph. You need to lower your ISO for sure. I have found that a lower ISO is best when taking pictures in the snow because the snow is so white/bright. And also try to keep your SS above 1/125 when taking pictures of children.

Joined: 01/18/06
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Thanks so much for the advice, everyone! I'll have plenty of opportunity for more practice tomorrow and Wednesday. They're predicting another 10+ inches of snow on top of the 20+ we already have! I'm going to try to get out tomorrow, before the next batch gets here, and try to take some nature shots and some more shots of Tyler playing.