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!