Thursday, December 26, 2013

Photography - Winter Thrills

OK. My plan to summarize my week of photos just isn't going to work. I'm just having too much fun! Instead, I'll just share some highlights that I think you'll like (along with some technical details if you care :-)   )

One of the most delightful photo opportunities I had while celebrating Christmas was outside in the snow. Take a look...

Our kids love to play in the snow. I was thrilled with how well my camera took photos out in the snow. Of course it helps that these kids take to the camera so well…

Content and happy
I love the background blur, and the clarity of the jacket and poms poking out of her hood. 
    1/800 at f/5.6  ISO400   200mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

That was fun! 
    1/1250 at f/5.3  ISO400   155mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

This has a great 'bokeh' as well…blur background to focus on this scheming ten year old :-)
    1/500 at f/5.6  ISO400   200mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

Sliding into home
I did get one decent action shot using "Sports" mode, and got a bit of 'frozen in air' snow, but I'll have to work on that more…maybe get at the bottom of the hill next time.
     1/1600 at f/5.6  ISO400   55mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

REAL Sledding
My brother has two snowmobiles at his cabin. The BEST part was driving with my wife riding arms-wrapped-around-me behind me. There's a whole post sometime in the future about that bonding experience. The second best part was that I was able to try out some action shots, and was thrilled to see the outcome: 

Girls ready for battle
I love the eyes
    1/250 at f/5.6  ISO200   55mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

Oldest tearing it up!
    1/500 at f/5.6  ISO640   125mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm  

Youngest giving the thumbs-up!
    1/500 at f/5.6  ISO450   200mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm  

Wide Open Future

This one is probably my favorite…just because it captured the sled so well but also the background and the wide open space they could choose from…
    1/800 at f/5.6  ISO400   200mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

With a beautiful white christmas, our pup was thrilled with playing in the snow…I was able to get some great shots of her…some using just the automatic and some using sports mode.

Playing Wolf
I confess that touched this up to remove her yellow lead. I really want her fully trained to never bolt, but until I do, I'll have to rely on touchups to remove her restraints. 
    1/640 at f/4.5  ISO400   95mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

True Colors
This is honestly the first photo I've accurately captured her wonderful facial colors.
    1/500 at f/5.3  ISO720   155mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

Orchid just loves the snow. I'm glad I could capture her glare. 
    1/500 at f/5.6  ISO560   200mm           Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I love this camera. I know it's an 'entry level', but I'm thrilled with the photos, and I'm thrilled to share them with you.

That's all for now.

Question for ya: Which is your favorite shot?
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