Low light photo’s

By: Arjen Drost

May 09 2011

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Category: mammals, nature, Photography, spring

1 Comment

Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:140mm
ISO:1600
Shutter:1/200 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Brown Bear along the shore.

One of the biggest challenges in the hide was how to deal with low light. Bears often showed up later in the evening or sometimes in the early morning (like the bear in the picture) and you still wanted to take pictures. For sharp enough pictures it is advicable to have a shutter speed of at least 1/200 sec, so that means you need higher ISO-values. Another option was to get rid of the extender and use an aperture of f/2.8 (which my new lens has). I had less mm’s, but 2 stops more light, allowing me to continue a lot longer.

This picture was taken in the morning and I decided not to go for a close up, but to zoom out a little, so I could place it more in its environment.

One comment on “Low light photo’s”

  1. Thanks for the tip! Definitely going to try it. I’m still getting used to a camera with a lot more setting options – it can be overwhelming.


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