Ngwenya lodge across the crocodile river into the Kruger Park.
They have huge yellow light shining across the river and there were two elephant casting huge shadows and reflecting in the water.
Had a very frustrating few minutes, tried two different lenses and many camera settings.
Alfred Stieglitz said, that wherever there is light one can photograph. Danie Bester says wherever there is no light, one cannot photograph. Pun intended!
Chris, would appreciate if you could give your settings before I comment or offer any advice.
Tried several this one was at f4.0 ISO 3200 manual focus which didn.t work too well
I had two cameras a Canon 1d mkiii with 300 2.8 and 1.4 extender (420mm) and a Canon 7d with a 24-105 lens. I didn't have a tripod with me but tried to use the railings on the patio at Ngwenya for support. I changed the white balance to tungsten (the light is yellow). I set the ISO to 3200 eventually and opened the lenses to f4.0.
The problem I had was the auto focus didn't work and I battled to manually focus. It was like trying to catch shadows.
and yes I do shoot in Raw
Thanks Bruna - hope I can remember half of this!
I don't know if it would have been possible to get a photo in this situation. I have not tried Bruna's suggestion on the focus but if it is so dark that the auto focus does not work then you will need a BIG iso to get a photo.
I quite often get the chance to photograph chess tournaments in school halls. For the camera it is quite dark. I use a 70-200 f2.8 @f2.8 and even a 50mm f1.4 prime @f1.4. If I get faster than 1/80 sec then I am lucky and by that time I have pushed the ISO to 3200 and even upto 5000 but then I draw a line and call it quits. The grain is just to much. This is with a Nikon D7000. And auto focusing here is still a piece of cake. I do use a monopod and am not allowed to use a flash. A tripod is just to bulky and there is no place for it. I also have to convert these photos to B&W to "hide" some of the grain.
I think the biggest culprits here are the extender and not having a tripod. The shutter speed was just not high enough.
Hi Tiaan - Thanks yes I also tried with a 24-105 on a Canon 7d but had the same problems.