Friday, November 21, 2008

I Thought A Picture Of Falling Snow Was Impossible

I got a photo of falling snow! I tried several times before, but the snowflakes themselves never appeared in the picture. It was easy to tell that there was a snowstorm, but I really wanted to capture the snow in the sky. I began to think it was an impossible task. The camera just didn't seem to be able to see it right.

This time I got it. This was one of the last pictures I took when I was in my uh, desperate flight from the Woodland Hills park during a snowstorm. This was at the last big turn before the home stretch out of the hiking trail. It was just far in enough for some people to need a rest. You can just see a bench in the leftmost edge of the picture.

Those blurry white spots are the snow. If you look closely, you can see that they are at all different distances from me. It was light reflected off of the snowflakes that made them so blurry. I don't remember if I had the flash on or off, so I guess I'll have to find out again at another time.

Next time maybe I'll be able to get an even better photo like this. Hopefully it will be in a better, more controlled situation. Still, I consider this a good accomplishment, because I wanted it so bad. I wanted to know how to do it. I'm not ashamed to say that I'm proud of myself. Of course, it was also a lot of luck too, but I got it. Really, I was just relieved to be out of that little bit of danger right then.

After the last couple of posts showing some dangerous and scary situations, I really wanted to show something positive about my adventure that day. It really was a fun time. I'm also happy to share this picture with everyone. I hope it gives just a little bit of happiness to others. I know there are other photos of falling snow out there, but I didn't take them. Sometimes these are the things that make this all worthwhile.

I'll be back tomorrow.

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  1. Good work. I've never seen it either. Must've been some big flakes.

  2. Wow, that is just glorious. I never get so see snow here unless I trek up to Tahoe so this is a treat. Great shot.

  3. Thanks Cube, the flakes were actually pretty small. There were just a lot of them. :)

    It looks like I'll have a lot more like this, Jodapoet. I think I'm in for a long winter here. I hope to get even better shots than this one.

  4. Congrats on the snowfall shot, for best results use the flash - you're right, it's the light reflecting from the flash that makes them show.

    Another thing to consider is a faster shutter speed, this will help freeze the snow in midair.

    - Evan

  5. Thanks Evan. I though maybe that was it. I think I might have had the flash on then. Normally it ruins the shot, so I leave it off.

    I will definitely try a faster shutter speed. Honestly I'm still learning how to use a camera properly. Advice like yours is priceless to me. Thanks :)

  6. No problem, if your camera has a sport or action mode that will probably be the easiest way to get a quick shutter.

    Sometimes when there's lots of snow in a photo the snow can look gray, that's because the camera thinks there's too much light.

    Try to adjust the camera so it lets in more light. Most cameras have an adjustment +/- button that will adjust the light for you.

    Hope this is helpful for your winter photography.

    Thanks for checking out my photography blog.

    - Evan

  7. Thanks for the tips, Evan. I'm always looking to make my photography better. I'll try it all.

    You have some great photos on your blog. You know your stuff. :)