Using the Sports setting in Winter

A winter snow storm is captured using a DSLR and the sports setting.

A winter snow storm is captured using a DSLR and the sports setting.

Winter poses a variety of challenges; the cold, the differences in lighting, and the snow.  The image seen in this blog entry was captured using the Sports setting on my DSLR camera.  Why the sports setting?  I had tried many of the other advanced and basic settings and discovered the winter scene was far too dark and the falling snow was not captured at all.  The Sports setting worked much better and gave me the results I wanted.

The Sports setting gave me the ability to use the rapid 3 fps (frames per second) to capture several images very quickly.   The Sports setting was so beneficial for capturing the snow storm as it happened, as the camera was working faster on capturing the motion and challenging lighting conditions.  I did not convert the image from a color RAW file.  The files created this day are in jpg.  My camera was set on monochrome, ISO 400, handheld, auto white balance, no flash, using an 18-55mm IS lens (focused to 44mm) on my Canon Rebel XS.  I adjusted the crop and very lightly corrected the lighting and shadows.  I think this image is very stark and real, definitely showing the harshness and the challenges of a Montana winter snowstorm as it happens.  What a great day this was for capturing a snow storm.  It took a great deal of trial and error, patience, and persistence.

Have you ever considered using the Sports setting in winter?  What techniques have worked for you in creating a winter photograph that shows a snow storm happening?  Do you think the image would have worked better in color?  Have you ever captured a snowstorm as it was happening?  Are you willing to stand outside in winter and have the patience and persistence to create the image you want?

About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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