Mountains, Fresh Air & New Starts

Hi all!

I’m back from my ski trip in the French Alps with my friends, and had a blast!

I always find it fascinating how ‘massive’ mountains are. I know it sounds completely ridiculous, but I really feel that way.

Had the intention to shoot some jumps and stuff, but mother nature thought elsewise, and fed us up with some bad weather for a few days. Still managed to get some shots out though…

Shooting in the snow can be challenging, because snow messes with the camera’s white balance measure system. On my Nikon dSlr I used roughly these settings.

ISO : 200 (You’ll normally have PLENTY of light when shooting in the snow)

Aperture : f/9 most of the time, this gave me sharpness all over the place, really neat for catching flying snow

Shutterspeed: 1/1000 (since there’s a lot of light, you can get away with 1/1000 & f/9)

Metering : Matrix (This managed fine for my camera)

WB : Auto, EV +0,7

I shot everything on manual, to have complete control since it’s a tricky scene.

You have got to love those clear blue skies. I’m confident you can’t get the sky to look this nice in the city.

3 amigo’s of mine, climbing back up the jumping slopes. I forced them to do it, don’t worry 😉

I mostly shot 2 lenses. The Sigma 10-20 mm f/4-5.6 which offers incredible vantage points and the golden oldie Nikkor 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6.

I tried out my best friends’ new Nikon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR but although the quality of the glass is excellent, it’s too damn slow to work with.

I missed at least 20 shots that I hadn’t with the 55-200 due to painfully slow auto-focus issues.

I even did a small multiple exposure shot on the way back, but it’s definitely not finished yet. It’s really bad, but in my defense, it was made on a laptop trackpad (I know) in the back of a car 😉

Happy to be back, and ready to blog heavily again!

Cheers,

M

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