Lugged the old Rebel along last night for our trip to the zoo to see the Holiday Magic lights. After a near catastrophe on a recent family outing, (aka…dropping my good camera at the aquarium) I made a new rule that I am only allowed to bring the “old” camera along on family stuff. Side note: The good camera, thankfully and miraculously, came away unscathed. Still, I hope I’ve learned my lesson.
I still debate every time though, especially last night. I knew it would be dark. And I despise using my on-camera flash. And it can be hard with the old Rebel and such little light.
Still, I stuck to my rule and embraced the challenge of finding little pockets of light in the dark.
Lit by the glow of the carousel. My favorite.
Grainy? Yes. Red eye? No. Happy kid whose mom and dad finally said “Yes!” to the carousel ride? For sure.
Again, borrowing some of the carousel light to snap these sweet faces in the dark.
We were about the only strange ones taking a picture of the tree from about 20 feet away from the tree. But I stuck to my Rule #1 here, and it was by far the best tree picture of the bunch! Also, this tree talks. Which is very cool…or a little freaky…depending on your age. But less freaky at a 20-foot distance, and with a warm chocolate drink to share with brother.
Technical notes: For most of these shots, I had my Canon Rebel T2i maxed out at an ISO of 6400. (Aka, high grain.) Also, most pictures were shot with my “nifty fifty” 50 mm 1.8 lens at a wide aperture (f/1.8 or so) and low shutter speeds. And yes, I was leaning on whatever I could find to try to stabilize myself.