Farewell Winter Gallery

I am very fond of winter. I like the challenges it brings, and there are few things prettier than a world covered in a fresh coat of gleaming white new snow. When the time finally comes for the snow to leave, I always feel a bit melancholy about it. Well, I know it will be back soon, and that makes the long summer more bearable. This spring I spied a fisher running across a cornfield, and I was quick on the draw with the old Nikon. I snapped a few pictures of the little critter, a youngster, before he dashed off to the banks of the Schoharie Creek. Three of my favorite things came together for some other shots, namely a field of corn stubble with snow and Canada Geese. Somehow, they always look best when surrounded by snow. Ironically, the only shot of Snow Geese has no snow in it! Hope you enjoy this last sampling of the season, now that we’re impatiently awaiting tulips. 

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Here’s hoping summer is kind to us. I remind myself I only need to get through five months before the world will start to cool again, and once again we will be greeted by the wonderful world of winter.

 

Until next time,

 

Paz

Photo Shoot: Canada Geese

Something new for Crescent Moon Studio, this is the first of a series of “Photo Shoot” posts.

Here are 24 images of a recent shoot, including a variety of keepers and some raw images that might not make the cut.

When applicable, comments may be added to describe challenges to overcome, methodology, errors, and other details.

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The broad shot shows it was a cloudy day. In fact, it’s obviously snowing. White Balance settings are imperative for proper color resolution in digital photography, and this is one condition that can be challenging. I find the “Shade” preset to sometimes be more accurate than the “Cloudy” preset under such conditions. Exposure is the other element manipulated during the shoot. The bright colors of the trees have a high lux, and the sky, while overcast, still has a lot of UV light. A couple of experimental shots are in order. You see a couple shots here that are over-exposed. Not only is the over-exposure obvious on highlights, but this also tends to wash out contrast and color saturation. Some shots are “bracketed”, wherein we shoot one frame at the meter-suggested exposure, then a frame with a lower stop followed by a frame with a higher stop.

How to shoot all that time in snow without flecks on the lens or exposing the camera to the wet snow? Stay in the car.

The only challenge on this shoot was my dog, Sassy June. She wanted to get at the geese and tried desperately to squeeze her 47-pound self through a 4-inch opening in the window. She made a lot of noise, and in fact, probably cut the session a little short.

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