It’s the time of the year again. CHRISTMAS!!!!
Like the past few years, Tanglin Mall have the snow party (faux snow. aka foam). And I was there again to capture the fun moments.
But because it’s a weekday that I went on, the crowd is slightly lesser than on weekends (just that wee bit lesser). But still, there are alot of people moving around in the frame etc.
But shortly after the ‘usual’ fun snaps, I tried to look for other subjects… And by chance, there is a gust of wind the blew the foam in the other direction.. And I saw the decorations by the sides.
Also knowing that the wind won’t last, I just continue snapping. It wasn’t the best of my composition I must say, but I’m relatively still satisfied that I manage to caught the frame before the wind subsides leaving the sky pitch black.
There is a small difference in terms of equipment I used last year and this year. But to some people, this is a big difference, but to me, the difference is minor..
Last year, I was using my 500D with 70-200 IS II, but this year, I went back to my kit telephoto zoom lens EF-S 55-250 on my 500D. Focusing speed is the only thing that affected my mood that night. For the kit lens focus quite slowly in bad light. A couple of moments slipped past just like that, leaving me a frustration of why didn’t the focus lock on and fire?
But after shooting for a couple of minutes, I managed to get that AF slowness out of my mind and continued shooting. This is part of the exercise I’m trying to do by ‘shooting with whatever I have on hand no matter what’.
For all the shots above (and most of what I shot that night), I’m shooting at an ISO of 3200 which is considered insane by many people I know of. I know the limits of my 500D at ISO 3200, it’s noisy, poor dynamic range etc.
But heck, I learnt that there are more things I need to be worried of than a noisy picture. e.g. Composition, emotions, expressions, etc.
That said, I understand the importance of image quality of getting the shot sharp, noise free etc. But as previously mentioned, this is just part of my exercise to maximize what I have on hand at that moment. Which in this case is just my 500D and 55-250.
In this weekend, I hope the weather clears up enough for me to go re-visit the place with my 5D and 70-200 combination. But this time, I’ll be trying out something else instead…shape bokeh… Never tried it before, but the results I get from testing the diy shape bokeh last night got me pretty excited.
Hoping to get some results..