Headed out at 5:30 AM -up a mountain again. The temperature dropped quite a bit from yesterday and when we arrived at the overlook parking, it was still dark with snow coming down.
The snow turned to rain and it looked like it would be a washout. However when the sun rose the rain vanished and we got some great shots. We went into Cherokee NC for breakfast and then on to Mingo Falls. I decided not to go up the 300 steps to the falls and did some shooting at the bottom.
We finished up in an afternoon class/critique session. One of he participants, Lynne Necrason, had some particularly nice shots. Her website is lynnenecrasonphotography.com.
Adam covered some interesting points:
- When using a teleconverter, use an aperture that is 1 stop past the effective max aperture. So for my 200-500 f5.6 lens, the effective max aperture is f8 with a 1.4 TC. So use at f11 or higher.
-When shooting off snow or a white bird, meter off snow or bird and add 2 stops. For a dark subject, meter off subject and subtract 1.5 stops. Shoot in manual exposure mode so that exposure doesn't change.
- To double depth of field, add two stops.
- In aperture priority, to vary speed, change the iso.