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.


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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