Monday, December 1, 2008

Amazing Snowfall

It's been an amazing few days for me here. I've seen the weather change drastically a several times. It keeps going from cold to warm and back again, and it's not done yet. As I write this, it's raining outside. Earlier today there was heavy snowfall. You can see it here in these photos.

This morning the steady rain began to turn into this snow. When I noticed how much it was snowing, I knew I had a great opportunity to get an even better picture of falling snow than I did before. The first time I did this, it was almost an accident. This time, it was completely on purpose. I knew exactly what I was doing.

Looking back to the beginning of this blog, right at the end of last spring, I really didn't know that much about nature or photography. Now I've learned a lot about both, and I've come a long way. I always loved nature, and I had been hiking off and on for a few years, but I never had the idea to really look at the things around me.

I've said before that the camera I have is my very first one. I had the idea to buy it after coming back from a vacation trip, where I used a disposable camera. That was the first time I had ever really used any camera very much, and I had one of the best times of my life. I didn't want it to end.

I decided that I had to recreate that feeling here in Michigan. Once I really looked around, I realized this might be one of the best states to do that. Every state in the U.S. is great, but this is my home, and we have all of these huge lakes here. It's really a wonderful place to explore, and have my everyday adventures.

So I bought my camera, and began learning as I went along. I soon realized that I wanted to share some of these new experiences with other people. Unfortunately, my friends and family didn't seem quite as interested in this as I was. Then I thought, why not put some of these pictures on the internet? Somebody else in the world might like them. That's where I usually find good nature photos, so I should give some back.

After starting this blog, I began to learn more and more about both nature and photography, with the help of a few people that have helped me a great deal along the way. I appreciate every bit of help and advice they've given me. I've learned how to start identifying the plants and animals that I've encountered. And I've gotten some good photography tips and techniques along the way.

Just recently, I took a picture of falling snow. I accidentally used the flash to capture it in the shot. A tip from one of the commenters of that post confirmed that it was the flash that did it. If you want to find that person, I have a link to the post at the bottom of this one. This proves to me that it's not only my writing that makes up this site. The comments I receive are a valuable part of each post. Reading them can greatly enhance every story here.

Well, I used my new knowledge of snowfall photography when I went outside today. The results are some of the best photos of actual falling snow that I personally have ever seen. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but these, in my opinion, are very good too. The point is that you can see the snow very well. Now, I'm wondering if it's possible to get a picture of an individual snowflake.

I'm not convinced it can be done, but I'm going to try it sometime this winter. I'm ready to start trying right away! This has me really looking forward to the rest of the winter. Who knows what might happen? I might find something amazing at the end of some strange animal tracks. I'm sure there are some different kinds of animals roaming around during the winter than I've seen before.

I'm looking forward to the things I haven't seen yet, and the journeys I have yet to go on. I'm very glad that I decided to do all of this. In the last few days I've had some of my best adventures yet. You'll be seeing some of them in the days to come. I think you'll really like them, I know I did.

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  1. "but this is my home"

    Everyplace is special but that's what gives real meaning to the place you're at :)

    I'll have to try getting an individual snowflake shot. As you say, trying to do something new is fun. One reason I like visiting is watching you learn and finding more to learn myself. Satisfaction in knowledge is not the knowing for me but rather seeing it gained by others (and myself). I believe that's one of the reasons we like taking photos - Once we get the photo it's time to learn something about what we shot. I spend more time looking up stuff just to identify things than it takes to go out and find something to photograph.

  2. Ugh...I know it will be here soon enough too. Just not to excited about it!

  3. Hey Ratty, I really like that third shot you posted, great job!

    Our weather here in MN has been about the same lately, I'm glad to see snow though.

    I've had a similar experience to yours with my camera - it really makes me stop to enjoy nature more.

    Can't wait to see more,

    - Evan

  4. It Took me a long time to figure that out about home, WiseAcre. I wish I would have understood sooner. I've learned a lot since I started this site. I think you've been the most help I've had online. I think it's the sharing that keeps me going too. Whichever one of us gets a snowflake shot, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

    I understand what you mean, DiamondsSaphire. That's why I'm going to try and find the fun things about winter this year. :)

    I liked the third shot the best too, Evan. That's why I put it last. It does seem that the camera really helps make this fun.

  5. Capturing that snow is incredible. BTW I've received your comments but it's been a crazy day so I'll get to all of them tomorrow.

    Another great post. Thanks for sharing

  6. Your two posts were great, Jodapoet. I've liked reading the comments of others too.

    Now that I know what I'm doing, getting falling snow has become easier than pictures of a flying bird. :)

  7. I agree..flying birds is so difficult to get and you have done a great job with your snowfall photo. I am not sure how difficult it is because so far i didn't snap a very good photo. Must be it's hard to get the good one.

    I am still learning on how to use my camera but i am not aim to be as good as you but aim to be better than i am now..:)

  8. You have a lot of good photos, Rose. The snowfall photo is an easy one. Most of my photos are not so good either. I just take a lot of them, so a few turn out good.

    I am still learning my camera too. If you get better than you are now, you'll probably be better than me.:)