April 19, 2013 Winter Continues

 

Winter is simply not going away, despite so many of us who wish it would.  We got another 7″ to 9″ of frozen hydrometeors, so, you’re stuck with a lot of white on these images.

 

APR 19 2013  001Canon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/250 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

Next to my friend Tammy’s work, down the road from my place of employment, I took this (I had arrived at work early, so I had the time).  Scenes like this are quite tough, as your eyes see it way better than a camera can, and there really isn’t much contrast to work with.   This shot would have benefited from the additional image power of a DSLR, but I was too lazy to bring one to work.

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  002Canon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/250 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

Taken at the same locale.  I over-exposed by 2 clicks (steps) on the A4000, but these first few images still wound up too dark.  I had to perk things up a bit in post-processing.  It’s a gray, overcast (still snowing) scene, so sometimes there’s not much you can do.  Nevertheless, the composition works here, I think.  Then it was off to work before I was late!

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  003Canon Powershot A4000 IS shot at 1/200 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

Taken right outside an entrance door at work, I’m very pleased with this shot (although, again, it’s a bit dark).  This required a clever angle; just above the frame is the street, which would have ruined the image.  I had to get in close and shoot from this angle to avoid the pavement.

 

Your music CD for this page is “Now and Zen” from Robert Plant.  You can skip “Tall Cool One” (bad song) if you wish, but do not miss “The Way I Feel”, which may take you back to the Summer of 1988, traveling northbound on 35-W in Roseville, MN, with the sunroof open, as the blue sky evening twilight fades…

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  004Canon Powershot A4000 IS shot at a 1/250 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

Pine needles almost suffocated by the snow.  Also taken at work, I wish it had just a titch more depth of field, but it doesn’t.  It’s a $100 camera.

 

Have I ever mentioned how important it is to over-expose when shooting snow? Just checking…

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  005Canon Powershot A4000 IS shot at a 1/320 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.

Almost an umbrella-like feel underneath this tree at work.  To achieve that effect (providing you like it), get underneath and somewhat close and use a wide angle focal length.

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  006Canon Powershot A4000 IS shot at a 1/800 of a second shutter speed. ISO 100.

I caught this stopped at a light in Blaine on the way to my parents.  I like the contrast of the low clouds and the blue sky, and the snow on the lights.  Their repeating shape also works here.  I hopped out of my car to take this; making sure no cars were coming when I did. 

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  008Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/7.1 and a 1/320 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 48mm.

Wow!  That pocketshot sure delivers great colors!  Well, no.  This is from my Nikon D5000.  My neighbor’s tree, once again.  I tried some images with the pocketshot, but they just did not have the dynamic range and color I wanted.  This shot is mostly here to show there truly is a difference between a pocketshot and a DSLR.  Hey, look!  There’s the moon!

 

 

 

APR 19 2013  007Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens shot at F/7.1 and a 1/320 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 46mm.

Same tree; different angle.  One of these days it’s going to be taken down (or it will fall down), but until then, you’re stuck seeing it.  Since snow is not dominating this scene, it cannot fool the meter, so you would not over-expose this shot (or the previous two images).  Actually, I under-exposed this to deepen the colors.

 

Anyone who knows me will tell you just how much I cannot stand Winter.  However, in building this page, and other recent pages, I think Winter has given me some image opportunities.  Perhaps I shouldn’t whine too much about it?

Naw, I still want Winter to go away…

 

all images © Scott Woelm – April 2013