Bright light, blinding white snow, and temps in the single digits actually make for some beautiful photos. I love to use these conditions to get some really great stop action shots.
I shot these all at ISO 125 with my 35mm lens (check out Borrow Lenses if you’d like to try this lens before you buy it!). I used an aperture of f4.0 in AP mode (aperture priority) for all except the one of her face – which was f4.5 (just wanted a bit more detail in her eyes). I laid on the ground at an angle to get them zooming by – make sure you pan when you photograph these types of scenarios. Keep shooting as they go by – don’t stop to look at your camera to see what you captured. Some of the best moments come after they pass!
Since it was so bright, and I was shooting down at f4.0, the shutter speeds were very fast – which created these stop action photos. Most were 1/4000 – a few were 1/8000th. Overkill? Maybe – but this is how I love to tell the story. I isolate elements of the image with lower aperture numbers, and stop important parts with high shutter speeds.
.As always – if you need help with some of the photo basics with your camera – check out Photography Concentrate’s Camera Essentials guide.
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