Day 327 – It’s cold

It is cold. Out with the photo buddies and it is cold! Winter has arrived and it made me realise that a year has nearly gone by.

In January I was out with my nifty 50 capturing the frost, today I took my 100mm macro, and came home feeling it was a disaster!

Because I was able to get close to the frost – the cold and the white fragments was throwing the exposure – switching to spot metering helped, but I was struggling with composition, the buddies were reluctant to hang around – it was cold… they were on the lead and tugging….  I would line up my image and they would come and roll and flatten down the leaves – melting the frost!

Frozen Leaves, F6.3, 1/400sec, ISO1600
Frozen Leaves, F6.3, 1/400sec, ISO1600
Frozen dew ... ISO1600, F9, 1/160sec
Frozen dew … ISO1600, F9, 1/160sec

Why a disaster? I feel like a frustrated photographer, I noticed so much more detail than I had at the beginning of the year, to be amazed I am surprise at how different the frost and ice crystals looked on different plants and how even the tiniest of bugs could be frozen into the ice, but I know I  did not want to increase my ISO to high, I struggled with fine focusing cause I was hand holding the camera with tugging dogs, and even at F9 working close I knew I wanted to capture a certain depth of field.

I wanted my tripod – no I needed my tripod and choose not to take it. I also wanted to get lower, it was a ground frost – that is where the action was and I wanted to lay on the ground and get closer – but I had nothing to lay on and did I mention it was cold!

Frozen world - ISO1600, F9, 1/320
Frozen world – ISO1600, F9, 1/320
Leaf Edge 0 ISO1600, F6.3, 1/400sec
Leaf Edge – ISO1600, F6.3, 1/400sec
Frozen Leaf - ISO1600, F8, 1/250
Frozen Leaf – ISO1600, F8, 1/250
Frosty Morning - ISO1600, F8, 1/640 sec
Frosty Morning – ISO1600, F8, 1/640 sec

But then I look back at the images I took this morning, I may be frustrated that I did not go properly prepared, but I think I saw so much more than I did in January…. and I think I know what to do to improve – though I would welcome your ideas in the comments below – it is only the start of winter frosts so I can keep practicing!

Frozen Berries, ISO1600, F8, 1/200sec
Frozen Berries, ISO1600, F8, 1/200sec
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