Sunday, January 27, 2013

project 52 of 2013 | low light

Let's talk about irony: last week's challenge was "cold" and it was warm here...and this week's is
"low light" but we got snow! Which, as you might imagine, bounces quite a bit of light. I wondered out loud why Mother Nature didn't want me to succeed in this weekly photo challenge.

Turns out, as one of my fellow photogs pointed out, there is actually a lot of low light gorgeousness to be found in the snow. I found these icicles buried in a small, leafless bush.

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And may I just say, shooting in RAW has changed my life. I once read a quote, in the beginning of my photography journey and during my uber-impressionable days, something along the lines of "be such a good photographer to not need the power of raw." I can't remember who it was by or the entire line, but, I really held on to it as an excuse to shoot JPEG and convince myself that that was somehow secretly superior to RAW. I was wrong. That is not to say that the author is wrong, but that I didn't fully understand what he was saying. This guide from SLR Lounge explained things to me in a visual way with words I can understand, and I feel like I'm seeing improvement already.

Oh, and one last bit of exciting news...yesterday I upgraded from my Rebel T1i to a Mark II!!! This picture was taken earlier in the week with my Rebel, though ;)

You're probably here from Michele's blog. Now hop over to Nancy's blog and see her "low light" image :)


  1. Wow! That is some very thick ice! I'm surprised by that quote about raw; I've only come across messages encouraging the use of raw, and that's what I do because it provides more latitude in post processing. And I'm jealous of your camera upgrade. ;) I'll be keeping on my my T1i for who knows how much longer. Have fun!

    1. I don't think the quote was to undermine the power of RAW, I think that's where I misunderstood it :) I think the idea is to always strive to get it right in camera and not need to rely on post processing to "fix" your pictures.

      I love my Rebel and am definitely keeping it, at least for now - she is perfect for snapshots in JPEG around the house, and I don't care about a little pop up flash :) not sure what lens you're shooting but I have the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 on her and it was a tremendous upgrade to the kit lens...just something to consider.

  2. Congrats! I love my Mark II :0) Great photo!!

  3. Yup we totally got snow here for this week too. I love this shot and the ice looks really awesome. And yes RAW is the only way to go!

  4. I love SLR lounge! And that is a great article. =) Yay for you upgrading to the mkii!

    Nice shot with the ice. Great clarity and texture!

  5. I think that is a wonderful photo! I checked out the link, and what great explanations and examples!!! I shoot in RAW only, but I wish I would have read that article a LONG time ago!!! LOL It gave some wonderful information. Congratulations on your MII. I've only had mine 2 months, but I am LOVING it!!!! :)

  6. great shot! I love the detail you have captured.

  7. YOU SHOT THAT WITH YOUR REBEL????? Holy moly, can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve with that Mark II!!!!!! AWESOME SHOTS!!!! PS...looked at your trip to DC photos this week and WOW!!!

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  9. Great image! Congrats on the Mark II ~ You will love it, it is so fun to upgrade and it opens up another world.

  10. First of all.... YAY!!!!! Hope you love your new mark2! I upgraded from a XT to the M2 last spring... so happy I did. You image this week, is stunning. There is so much visual interest, from the ice to the composition, so fantastic!! And I would never know it was in low light, so you totally rocked the lighting!


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