Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Snow blankets the ground, the world is quiet...still...and cold.

As we pull out knitting, books, woodworking projects, and other indoor activities we have to force ourselves to get outside and look for winter scenes to photograph.

It's difficult to photograph snow, and get it to be "white." If you have a 35mm camera and you can adjust your settings, add about two stops of light to your photographs by using the +/- dial. Your camera wants to see "gray," so snow can look dingy. We are still struggling with that perfect setting, and the only way to do that is practice.

So last Saturday this is exactly what we did. Braving sub-zero wind chill factors, we bundled up and headed for snow-country.

You decide - did we get close to having "white" snow?


Teresa said...

Yes, you did!! ...and with style. Great job! These photos make me want to get outside too.

Char said...

beautiful shots ...but you know sometimes snow isn't simply white even when you look at it with the eyes.

i do some white balance adjusting at times to take care of it too.

Sandy K. said...

I understand what you're saying, Char, about snow not always being "white." I think "bright" might be a better way of describing it? I love the blue effect, actually, on a bright sunny day. The reflection of that deep blue sky on the snow is spectacular!

Debbie said...

Great action shot in the second image. I hope you had a happy new year.

joyce said...

I've never really noticed...I think mine usually look white...maybe its just that the automatic settings are good. The ski hill looks alot like one in our neck of the woods that my kids go to.

S. Etole said...

that red and white barn is stunning ... there is such an array of colors in snow ... especially the shadows