Mardi Gras in New Bern

It isn’t New Orleans and not fat Tuesday (February 13), but it was nice event in historic Ghent Neighborhood in New Bern. You could not ask for better weather.  I was windy on Friday.  Friday evening we went to Raleigh to attend a hockey game the Hurricanes against  the New Jersey Devils at the PNC Arena.  The Devils loss 3 to 1.  The wind die down on Saturday and it turned out to be a nice day for a parade and sunset pictures at Atlantic Beach.  The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band started that parade.  

I read at Photographylife website “Understanding Exposure – A Beginner’s Guide” that it is best to set you camera mode to Aperture to f/8. So I tried it and got good results, I probably  should had used the “Sport and Wildlife” recommendations. 

  • Switch to aperture-priority mode, where the camera automatically sets the shutter speed, and you manually select the aperture.
  • Shoot at f/8 in general, but use f/11 or f/16 instead if you need more depth of field (such as with a nearby foreground, or if you’re using a telephoto lens). This is on a full-frame camera. Use your camera’s equivalent aperture by dividing these numbers by your crop factor.
  • Set the ISO to its base value.
  • Let your shutter speed fall wherever it needs to be for the proper exposure.


So that is what I tried at the parade. The results were not too bad.  Unfortunately, I had my dogs not he leach and could not use a tripod.


Sports and Wildlife Photography

  • Shoot handheld or use a monopod.
  • Use aperture-priority mode. (Some guides will suggest that you use shutter-priority mode, which is good if you’re trying to learn things about motion blur, but it often throws your aperture to strange values and is generally avoided once you get more advanced.)
  • Use a large aperture, such as f/2.8 or f/4.
  • Watch your shutter speed very, very carefully. You’ll need something fast (like 1/500 or 1/1000 second) to freeze fast-moving sports.
  • Most likely, you’ll need to raise your ISO to a value that lets you use such a fast shutter speed. It’s worth the tradeoff. Noise is better than motion blur.
  • And again, don’t overexpose any highlights.



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