Snowshoeing

Sometimes I need a day or two after I take photos to start to appreciate them.  Yesterday I went snowshoeing and took quite a few pictures.  The bright snow and the overcast sky made setting the exposure somewhat difficult.  I think I also had the White Balance set incorrectly as I had it set for a cloudy day yet the bright snow made the day seem brighter than it really was.  The other problem I had working against me was that I was snowshoeing with other people.  I didn’t feel I had the time to take multiple shots of the same scene and adjusting my settings numerous times for the perfect shot.  When I first uploaded the pictures to my computer I was very disappointed and thought of all the pictures as too dark.  Today I still feel some of them are too dark, but there are others that seem to be okay.  I might tweak these photos slightly in photoshop. 

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f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO-200, 0 step

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f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO-250, +2 step

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f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO-1250, +2 step

photos in the fog

Practice makes perfect.  Today I was taking multiple shots of the same scene and changing the f/stop and/or the exposure bias to see the changes on the final photos.  The first two photos demonstrate the difference of simply changing the f/stop.  I used the aperture priority setting on my camera and by changing the f/stop the shutter speed automatically adjusts itself.  In the first photo the f/stop is set at 4.2.  I focused on the power plant and with less light coming in the lens the fence in the foreground is barely visible.  In the second photo the f/stop is set to 18.  With more light coming through the lens the fence is more visible.  I like the composition of the last two photos and wanted to share them, yet they aren’t phenomenal photographs.  The basketball net is a bland photograph since there is no virtually no color. I will repost it after I have altered it in photoshop.  I like the lines and drops of water on the monkey bars but again the overwhelming amount of grey in the photo make it bland.  I will also run this photo through photoshop and see what I can do to make the picture pop.

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f/4.2, 1/500 sec, ISO-100, 0 step

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f/18, 1/30 sec, ISO-100, 0 step

 
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f/4.8, 1/1000 sec, ISO-200, 0 step

 
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f/4.5, 1/125 sec, ISO-200, +0.3 step