Snowmaggeden 2011

If you have been living under a rock lately the Southern States have gotten a little of the white stuff this last week. The measurements very but basically Atlanta and the northern burbs got anywhere from about 4 to 6 inches worth of snow. The city has pretty much been shut down since Monday. Its crazy. You may ask, its just snow… well, yeah, that is correct, but the city and surrounding counties just don’t have the infrastructure to handle plowing the roadways to make traveling around safe. Of course there are other factors like people not knowing how to drive in the white stuff. I won’t get into the northerners who now live here who zoom around cutting people off thinking they are BIG stuff because they are from up north. Anyhow, I digress…

My point in this post is just to share some of the photos I have taken over the last few days. After all, it isn’t every day we get snow in Atlanta 🙂

When the snow started to fall, it didn’t take long to accumulate.

Another shot from the trees just across from my condo. It really was beautiful watching it all come down…

The next day, I eventually made it over to my parents place. Normally a 20 minute drive, it took me a little over an hour to get there. Once I got there my niece and I went out for a little fun. Sledding makes for some fun photos.

And finally, after realizing how unproductive it feels watching the snow not melt, I made my way into work Tuesday afternoon and then for most of the day today (Wednesday). I of course brought my camera with just in case there was something worth while to photograph. Tonight’s sunset sure didn’t disappoint (technical note on shot below: shot through glass some 16 floors high. I used a black cloth taped to the glass to shield from the lights in the office space reflecting in the window. The shot below is consisted of three exposures combined in Photomatix using the “exposure blending” method. I probably could have used one of the three original exposures but I felt like playing around 🙂 The created image was then slightly editing in Lightroom for the finishing touches. Shot exposures ranged from 20 seconds to 8 seconds)

As a parting note… One thing I keep forgetting about is how weird the lighting is with snow on the ground. The reflectiveness of the pure white snow with an overcast sky makes it really tough to get a well exposed shot. I would say in general, with the conditions I just described, I over exposed, per my camera’s meter, atleast 2/3rds of a stop above 0 and sometimes a full stop. I then found myself bumping up the exposure almost another stop in Lightroom in Post.

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  1. kim says:

    great tips about shooting in the snow. now i know what to do to get proper exposure! but it seems snow isn’t too often found in my neck of the woods…or beach

    • wizum says:

      Actually a polarizer would be helpful on the beach… either to punch that blue sky, or cut through all that fog you guys have in LA 🙂 Seriously though… it would also help on reflectiveness from the ocean.

  2. kim says:

    more fog up north in the bay area…not much here in so cal…i have used a polarizer before and didn’t like it…my wide angle lens seems to do well at the beach, providing i expose things properly…

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