Let is snow – Boston Blizzard 2015 – 43″

Okay, that’s hype… First its Dover, NH and not Boston, and second its 43″ in two storms. 30″ the first storm, 13 inches the second.  But damn, that’s still a lot of snow. I had to snow blow paths in my back just to get around.

Nikon D700 1/50th f2.8 ISO 6400 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)Processed in Lightroom
Nikon D700 1/50th f2.8 ISO 6400 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)
Processed in Lightroom

The outside lights in the front were two 100 watt flood lights on the garage, and on each porch a 4watt LED light. Not a lot of light, but surprisingly good results considering the size of the area involved. Sunset was one hour earlier and skies were dark to the eye with bright stars shining through. It wasn’t until I upped the shadow adjustments in Lightroom that the sky turned a beautiful blue. I added in some noise reduction and whala! Makes me want a D750 or D810 which are supposed to be even better in low light. If they would just include better auto-focus in the Nikon D750 I would own one.

On my D700 ISO rules! As much as I love my ancient D40 for around the house, sometimes you have to bring out the big guns. I’m also lazy which means no tripod – these are all hand held shots.

Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 4500 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)Processed in Lightroom
Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 4500 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)
Processed in Lightroom

I’m not sure about the horizontal lines in the photo above. I’m using a UV filter as a protector. Seems kind of odd for lens flair since it goes all the way to the edge of the frame, but this might be a good use case for not using a filter. You’ll have to read my UV/Filter protector lens wars article when I get around to writing it.

Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 2200 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)Processed in Lightroom
Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 2200 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)
Processed in Lightroom

Just off the cuff, my D40 is good to around ISO 800. ISO 6400 from my D700 is awesome for this type of shooting.  ISO 6400 is three stops better than ISO 800. With my D40 I would have needed a tripod to pull these pictures off.

Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 1600 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)Processed in Lightroom
Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 1600 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)
Processed in Lightroom

Back yard light is using only two 100watt flood lights. It always amazes me, because if I tried to set these shots up using strobes or flashes I would have been messing around with it for way longer than I’m willing to publicly admit.

Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 1600 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)Processed in Lightroom
Nikon D700 1/60th f2.8 ISO 1600 24mm (Nikon 24-70 f2.8)
Processed in Lightroom

 

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