Monthly Archives: January 2010

Shots of the Day: A Cold Winter Hike

Not sure the forecasters called this one correctly; a dusting of snow turned into a dump. I went out hiking in the trails behind my house this morning, with my new Nikon D3S camera in hand. It was snowing pretty heavily as I shot the following photos; the temperature was about 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the key features of the Nikon D3S is its low-light performance; it’s able to shoot at a mind-blowing 102,400 ISO, and noise doesn’t really creep in until you go beyond 12,800 ISO. (As a reference, back in the film days, an 800-ISO film was considered high-speed and pretty grainy.) You don’t need to wait until dusk or nightfall to take advantage of this low-light performance, however. In the following photo, I cranked the ISO up to 8,000 and set the shutter speed to 1/8000th of a second, freezing snowfall in flight.

Shots of the Night: Whitetail Ski Resort

On the afternoon of January 21, 2010, I tossed my skis in the car and headed for the slopes of Whitetail. After the sun set, I pulled out my camera and took the following shots. As dusk fades away, Mid-Atlantic ski resorts take on a level of quiet beauty.

All of these shots were taken with a 50mm prime lens, natural light, and were handheld (except shot #2, which was taken with the camera resting on the cold ground.)