Hunter Valley Snow Fun

Hunter Valley Snow Fun

Moments That Matter: lesson 4: topic 1: hard light

The light was tricky to shoot in as the snow was so white and the sun was so bright so a lot of the pics I took were full of shadows and the kids were squinting. These were a few of my favourite shots:
1. ISO100, f/5.6, 1/320…you can’t see the catchlights in her eyes, but I really like how she pops out against the blurred background.
2. ISO100, f/11, 1/100…for this shot I wanted to focus on my daughter’s adoration of her snowman, so I got in nice and close. While there are shadows on her face, I love her expression and the catchlights in her eyes.
3 ISO100, f/5.6, 1/640, 0.7EV…..the eyes are dark in this shot too, but her smile is bright! I can see now how tricky it is to get a good shot in hard light!
4. 1/100, f/9, 1/250….focused on capturing the snowball fight…and love how the snowball is captured in mid-air.

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I'm a Sydney mum to 2 gorgeous girls and am pregnant with my 3rd daughter, who will join us at the end of March. I'm keen to learn more about capturing the best shots of my children and am excited to be learning how to use my camera.

1 Comment

  1. Well, lesson learned 🙂 The idea was for you to realise just how hard it is to get a great shot in hard light and you did. This doesn’t mean that you never shoot in this light but now you know what to expect and that it’s really hard. Having said that, of course it’s wonderful to get shots like this that capture the moment. And not every image has to be technically perfect. You have some images here that tell a story and are wonderful to have.
    Despite the shadows I love the close up of your daughter and her snowman. It would be even better if you could clone out the orange blog in the top right hand corner so that it doesn’t draw the eye.

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