We got all bundled up last night to check out the new and improved holiday lights display at the Columbus Zoo. Yes, it made for a cold trip, not to mention a shorter one than usual, but it was fun, and despite the difficulty inherent with shooting holiday lights without blurriness in the dark of night, and the difficulty of keeping from camera shake because of the cold, we still managed a few decent shots to show you what it was like.
I shot exclusively with the Nikon 50mm f1.8D lens, which I think helped me eliminate some of the blur, but certainly not all. Of course it also meant I had to move more instead of zooming in/out to frame the shot, and that was a bit difficult. Since I knew it was going to be a fairly quick trip, I opted to only bring the one lens. Besides, the last thing I wanted to do was take my gloves off to switch lenses!
I’ll get another chance to experiment with photos tomorrow, though I don’t think I’ll be able to share any of them on-line. I volunteered to shoot at our firm’s children’s Christmas party. Last I heard there were 91 children scheduled to attend this party. Given that, rather than shooting with multiple lenses, I’m going to bring multiple cameras with different lenses attached. So I can play with the 50mm for lower lighting on my D50, and also check out the D70 with 70-300mm zoom that we recently picked up used for my wife. With that many kids running around, I’m going to need some speed! Better get some serious caffeine before that one!