Posted by: photographytuition | October 18, 2011

Photographing misty mornings

5 am start yesterday morning to go to my favourite place in Wales – the Elan Valley – to capture some early morning misty shots.

Elan Valley, mid Wales. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 85mm. ISO 400, 1/125 sec at f8. Exposure -1/2 stop.

The photo above was taken looking along a reservoir towards the top of the dam. The tower is something to do with the pumping system, I believe. The mist was swirling around and changing shape all the time – I was in photography heaven!

Elan Valley, mid Wales. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 70mm. ISO 2200, 1/60 sec f4.5. Exposure -1.5 stops.

Note the high ISO in the photo above. I think it’s made the photo look a little harsh but it’s pretty impressive for 2200. I reduced the exposure by 1 1/2 stops as that’s how it looked at the time and the normal metering was making the scene look lighter than it really was.

Elan Valley, mid Wales. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 19mm. ISO 560, 1/180 sec f4. Exposure -1.5 stops.

It probably wouldn’t show much in an image this size but I think I could have chosen better camera settings for the above photo for optimum image quality : namely 1/90 sec f5.6.

With the VR on (Vibration Reduction – Nikons terminology for Image Stabilisation or anti camera shake)  1/90 sec should be plenty fast enough to avoid camera shake, particularly with the lens at a very wide angle setting of 19mm. Always zoom in on playback to check the sharpness if you’re not sure.

The Elan Valley is one of many great locations I go to on tuition. You can book a Photography Tuition session any day of the week, any month of the year. Nikon cameras and lenses are available for use, free of charge!

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  1. The first photo is my favorite.
    I head home Thursday and am looking forward to fall colors and mist in the Columbia Gorge.

  2. left me feeling all misty. superb stuff

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