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Dark winter skies #photography

The photographer’s triangle is; ISO, aperture and shutter speed and when it is a cold dark winter day with poor light, your first choice is usually to up the ISO. This effectively makes the sensor more sensitive to light. You can also shoot more with a wide aperture on aperture priority and that will give you a reasonable fast shutter speed but with a narrower depth of field.


Narrow depth of field

In this picture, my narrow depth of field gets the swan in focus but the pussy willows in the foreground are out of focus. I used spot focusing with just one focus point on the swan. That gets the swan with sufficient focus so you can see the individual feathers. On a dark winter day, poor light isn’t a problem with wide aperture shots.

dark winter sunset

Dark winter sunset

I’m not too keen on sunsets but if you are going to take a sunset then make it interesting. In this image, we have the trees silhouetted against a quite pale sky so there is a contrast between the trees and the background. This enables the camera to focus and distinguish light and dark much better. You get the fine detail of the branches against the delicately coloured sky. Sunsets can be another opportunity on dark winter days.


Food photography

If you don’t want to go out in the cold, there is always food photography. I zoomed in really tight for this shot rather than putting the whole plate in the frame. You need edges between light and dark and you need bright colours. I cooked the chips until they were just starting to brown and so you get more detail in the photo. I took this shot under fluorescent light but used the flash. With a wide aperture and close-up, the pop-up flash is fine, just remember to remove your lens hood. You can do good shots by arranging fruit or vegetables into an artistic arrangement too. Experiment with different arrangements and different camera settings on a cold wet day and you can get some interesting results without going out in the cold.

That’s all for today, you can enjoy photography at any time of year and it will soon be spring! If you would like to subscribe to this blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for updates. There are also links on my Facebook page.

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