Best settings for snow on a 40D?

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Jeff Peterman
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Best settings for snow on a 40D?
Dec 19, 2009

Not quite what you think . . .

I've set up my 40D on a tripod, with the front element of a Sigma 20mm f1.8 touching the window pane, the rest of the glass covered to hide reflections, and I've used the Canon remote to have the camera take one shot every 30 minutes for the next 48 hours - there's a major snow storm coming in.

I've set the camera to Av mode, with the lens at f5.6 and the ISO at 800 for now (the view is a poorly lit suburban street scene). My concern is two things:

1. As it get's light tomorrow, if I leave things alone the shutter speed will climb a lot - I think I'll have enough headroom not to need more than the fastest shutter speed on the 40D.

2. As it get's light, the dominant white covered areas will mean underexposure - there's not much I can do about that unless I touch the camera (and risk moving it a fraction on the tripod). I'm shooting in RAW to give me room to adjust a little.

Have any of the rest of you tried this and if so, and advice?
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