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#1 Leaviathan

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 04:08 PM

I was experimenting with some shots, medium, steady snowfall, using 1/250- 1/4000 shutter speeds and still can't capture the flakes correctly. Is there a typical shutter speed or do you need HSS or additional lighting? I'd rather not have the lighting show up in the photos as I'm going for the natural look.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 03:42 AM

If you use flash you should be able to capture snow falling near the lens. We haven't had snow since 2009 and I wish we could get some for the photo opportunity.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 08:26 AM

I'm looking for perfect stop motion with a deep DOF, rather than blurry flakes.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 03:21 PM

If you use flash you should be able to capture snow falling near the lens. We haven't had snow since 2009 and I wish we could get some for the photo opportunity.

 

Bill, you're welcome to our snow.  Take all of it!  :lol:


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:41 PM

I capture snow on the car if its out.

Actually, I have not had good luck taking photos of snowflakes. Getting DOF is very difficult for me.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:05 PM

Blurry as in motion or burry out of focus.

I have not tried this, but if you're going for a scene, like s house in snowfall. Depending on size, they are going to be dots. No deatils like Phil above.

Let's go with the house. I probably use one of my older lens as your going to have to go manual. I would calaculate close focus to infinity. Set on a tripod with cable release. Set exposure and white balance. Then the only variable will be shutter speed. Snow falls at different speed. I set the camera at full stops if I have to increase shutter, less light, I would up the ISO by the same rate. I would probably set exposure to use 800 ISO. That would give me three stops to lower the speed.

That's how would start this experiment.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:10 PM

Blurry as in motion or burry out of focus.

I have not tried this, but if you're going for a scene, like s house in snowfall. Depending on size, they are going to be dots. No deatils like Phil above.

Let's go with the house. I probably use one of my older lens as your going to have to go manual. I would calaculate close focus to infinity. Set on a tripod with cable release. Set exposure and white balance. Then the only variable will be shutter speed. Snow falls at different speed. I set the camera at full stops if I have to increase shutter, less light, I would up the ISO by the same rate. I would probably set exposure to use 800 ISO. That would give me three stops to lower the speed.

That's how would start this experiment.

Thanks for the info, I think what makes it difficult is the snow close to you falls faster than the snow further away,relative to the lens anyway. So it would be difficult to get it all in focus. Not looking for detail, just a deep field of white dots.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:11 PM

I capture snow on the car if its out.

Actually, I have not had good luck taking photos of snowflakes. Getting DOF is very difficult for me.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:15 PM

Thanks for the info, I think what makes it difficult is the snow close to you falls faster than the snow further away,relative to the lens anyway. So it would be difficult to get it all in focus. Not looking for detail, just a deep field of white dots.


Use a fan to blow the snow away from just in front of the lens. For example, the AI 50 1.8 E series lens, three feet to infinity will be in focus. Blow that close three feet away.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:16 PM

Or an umbrella over the three feet

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