Tips for shooting with D300 in Iceland?
Off to Iceland for a brief stopover in June, will have a one day (night, actually) guided photo tour/workshop to the glaciers and waterfalls on the South coast. Not looking for suggestions of where to go, but rather would welcome tips and suggestions from those who have been there about techniques and settings for taking good photos given the challenges and opportunities of ice and summer "midnight sun" lighting. Will be shooting with D300 and tripod, and will have a range of lenses and filters available. Thanks for your suggestions!
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#1. "RE: Tips for shooting with D300 in Iceland?" | In response to Reply # 0GiantTristan Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006Tue 15-May-12 10:11 AM
Several yers ago I spent three weeks in Iceland - D200, Nikon 70-200/2.8, Tokina 12-24/4 and Nikon 18-200.
You have to be prepared for challenging weather conditions, especially high winds. If you bring a tripod, be very careful, it might get blown away. Bring rain protection for yourself and your equipment. If you want to photograph volcanic features, be careful - hydrogen sulfide is not very beneficial for camera and lenses. If you are lucky and have some sun, a pol. filter is recommended. You won't be north of the polar circle, so don't worry about the midnight sun...
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#2. "RE: Tips for shooting with D300 in Iceland?" | In response to Reply # 0alberte Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004Tue 15-May-12 02:05 PM
I would bring only your 18-200mm and maybe your 12-24mm is you want to make dramatic landscape photographs.
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#3. "RE: Tips for shooting with D300 in Iceland?" | In response to Reply # 0HenkB Nikonian since 18th Dec 2004Tue 15-May-12 06:22 PM
The trick with snow and sun is to very carefully monitor your histogram and highlights display. I don't use matrix, rather I prefer spot metering and meter the brightest patches directly and, if I wish to preserve detail there, set them to ~+1 1/3 or +1 2/3 in the viewfinder display. If I don't care about snow detail, and wish to favor a mid-tone subject, I will meter that to 0, perhaps changing to Center Weighting (8 mm). With the tripod, of course, you will be able to shoot brackets for HDR. Where matrix can really let down is in gloomy conditions that lack contrast (think snowfield under an overcast sky).
Handled right, the D300 should be a stellar performer in these conditions even in the long twilight that passes for night in the far north at that time of year. I remember from an early June trip to Alaska that the long, slow sunsets and sunrises can be especially beautiful.