Winter Wonderland

A Hoarfrost-filled morning at the Landscape Arboretum

I love winter.  That’s probably good because I live in a state where we get lots of it.  Sometimes I get in a rut like everyone else and think I can’t get out to shoot in the winter because it’s too snowy or cold or drab or whatever.   Frankly, it often is.  On Saturday I was reminded again about why I love winter – everything looked Heavenly with fresh snow and fresh hoarfrost.  There was a saintly white wonderland in every direction – so bright and white I wore sunglasses even though it was fully overcast.

Shooting on days like this is a challenge too – there is no detail in the sky or the ground.  Do you emphasize the negative space or minimize it?  The last post maximized it – this one minimizes it to focus detail on the frosty trees.  Another gotcha is the light meter in the camera.  It is important to set the meter to +1EV since everything is white.  If you don’t, the camera will try to make everything 18% grey – and this will mean an image that is way too dark.  One final winter shooting tip?  Bring spare batteries and keep ’em warm!  Battery life is shortened by a huge amount when it’s below freezing.

Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L @ 40mm  ISO 200, f/13, 1/250 sec.

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2 Responses to “Winter Wonderland”

  1. Jon Cornforth February 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    Sweet! I like this image! Brrr!

  2. Susan Thomas February 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    I was hoping you would take pictures of that beautiful frost. Thank you.

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