Low light photo’s

Brown Bear along the shore.

One of the biggest challenges in the hide was how to deal with low light. Bears often showed up later in the evening or sometimes in the early morning (like the bear in the picture) and you still wanted to take pictures. For sharp enough pictures it is advicable to have a shutter speed of at least 1/200 sec, so that means you need higher ISO-values. Another option was to get rid of the extender and use an aperture of f/2.8 (which my new lens has). I had less mm’s, but 2 stops more light, allowing me to continue a lot longer.

This picture was taken in the morning and I decided not to go for a close up, but to zoom out a little, so I could place it more in its environment.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • Thanks for the tip! Definitely going to try it. I’m still getting used to a camera with a lot more setting options – it can be overwhelming.


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