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Manish Issar

member since: 7/30/2004

Shooting Falling Snow

Hi. Could someone tell me what is the right exposure to catch the snow falling at night and in broad daylight (by broad daylight, I mean an overcast day). We are going to have snow tomorrow during the day and night. I don't want to miss it. I have a 28-80mm lens mount on a Canon EOS Rebel k2 body. Thanks.

1/21/2005 10:22:51 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/17/2003
  ...Never tried this myself, but it sounds like a fun challenge. If I were attempting this, my first priority would be to keep the snowflakes from falling onto my lens. A lens hood would help to prevent this, but better still, I would shoot from under a porch or canopy so my equipment stays dry.
I would use a faster film (ISO 400), to give me the depth of field I need to capture as many flakes as possible - both near and far.
I would select a shutter speed of 1/125 second, if the snowflakes were large and floating gently to earth, and 1/250 second or faster if they were wind-blown (with the matching aperture setting for the available light, metered off a gray card.)
I would pre-focus the 28-80 at the minimum focus distance, and set the zoom at around 50mm. I would then take several shots, bracketing with the aperture in 1/2-stop increments.

For night time, I would follow the same procedure to keep my equipment out of the weather, and use flash to freeze the snowflakes falling in front of me.
I would use a slower shutter speed of around 1/30 to 1/15 second (with a tripod) ... to allow some ambient light to record what's going on in the background.

1/21/2005 2:53:50 PM


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