Christmas Lights – Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade

I decided to take the kiddies to the Santa Claus Parade this past Sunday evening.  They were all excited and I figured that since I’ll be there anyway, why not bring along the ‘mistress’.  This is definitely something new for me.  I have never before taken photos of a parade, let alone shooting at night.  Hey!  That makes this two adventures in one!

I was faced with a bit of a dilemna.  Taking shots at night has some very big challenges with the low light and the parade, as well as those participating, constantly moving.  I checked online and several sources provided some guidance and hints as to what to do about the light.  There’s also the issue of camera shake – especially because of the low light.  I tend to take most of my photos using a tripod because I know my hands aren’t all that steady – too much caffeine I guess.  I was thinking that it would be great if I had a monopod and then had an epiphany:  Why not use my trusty old tripod as a monopod?  Yeah.. just extend one leg and away we go!

So, I packed up my gear, including my SB-600 flash and the tripod (monopod for tonight) and stuck with my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens so I can take advantage of the wide aperture.

All in all, I think it wasn’t too bad for my first attempt.  Dialed to Manual, I set the ISO to 400 and shutter speed was at either 1/100sec or 1/125sec, depending on the shot.  All while keeping my kids involved and making certain that they were enjoying themselves too!

Selling Glowsticks ISO 400, no flash, 1/100sec

Selling Glowsticks
ISO 400, no flash, 1/100sec

Veteran ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Veteran
ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Music Bus ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Music Bus
ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Waving on Float ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Waving on Float
ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Cool Car ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Cool Car
ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/100sec

Santa ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/125sec

Santa
ISO 400, Flash Fired, 1/125sec