Snowy Copse

I know.

Because the UK sits nicely on the North Atlantic Current, or Gulf Stream as we tend to call it, our Winters tend to be milder than they might and, to a certain extent, more unpredictable than in other regions of the globe.  Therefore, when it snows we’re out with our cameras at the earliest opportunity.

This is one of my favourites at the moment – and as the location is only about a mile away, I’ll be hoofing it down there if we get a reasonable covering of snow this coming Winter.

One of the big problems with pictures of snow is choosing how white to go with the snow. I’ve pushed this one as far as I dare without bleaching out the white completely – it may not be obvious at this resolution, but there is still texture in the foreground with little ripples in the snow caused by the uneven nature of the ground the snow has fallen on.  The other big problem is colour balance – blue or not.   I’ve seen scathing comments made on some photos because they are too blue and others suggesting snow pictures are ‘too warm’ because colour has been corrected to white.  Me?  I just wiggle stuff until it looks right to me – but I will always compensate by between 1 and 2 extra stops (depending on the ratio of snow to any other subject in the frame).




11 thoughts on “Snowy Copse

  1. Any artist worth his own salt “wiggles things around until they look right to me”…. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your vision…. if they don’t get it…it’s their loss. My John (a painter) used to say he pushed the paint aroud until it turned into a picture, when asked how he got this or that effect in his work. This photo is lovely, just as is. I’d trust your eye anytime!

    • Thank you!
      As I suggested in my post, snow is very inconsistent for us, we can’t rely on the fact that we will have it, or when it might arrive – and when it does, it rarely stays for long. Which is great for our old folks – our country is not particularly set up for long bouts of snow, transport fails regularly and in doing so, everything grinds to a halt. And, from a photographic point of view, virgin snow seldom stays that way.

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