Snow covered fir tree branches

Yesterday we got our first snow, this winter, 2012.
I went out late in the evening to take some shots of the beautiful white snow blanket and falling snowflakes  in the dark night. I was surprised to see some of my neighbors in their windows at 9 P.M., wondering what is there to photograph in the dark?

Not much indeed, just a few snowflakes but it doesn't snow all the time.

I love night photography, any low light photography and I'm pleased not to see my Nikon's favorite warning: "Lighting is poor!"

It's quite tricky to combine a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the motion of the snowflakes but slow enough to shoot in the dark . The only ambient light available in these photos was the sodium lamp you see on the top of the fir tree in the second shot.
I took several shots with different camera settings, it's all just trial and error till you find out what works and what doesn't.
I like how this pine tree branch came out with the on camera flash, though it was set to rear curtain and my snowflakes have a small tail, kind-of.

Snow covered fir or pine tree branch on dark background- closeup
Nikon D3100 - 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G lens

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On this one I have melted snowflake on my lens, as I was holding the camera upwards. It's a good idea to take someone with you in these cases, to hold an umbrella.

Fir tree and snowflakes in the night

More low light photos.

1 comments:

Breathtaking said...

It's fun trying out new ways to take photographs. You did a good job with these night shots,the snow really stands out and looks really pretty.:)

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