snow

Photographing In The Snow

While out in the tetons on our photography workshop, it snowed.  Then it snowed some more.  After that, it snowed a little more.  Over about a two and a half day period it snowed over 30".  So, we got our fair share of photographing while it was snowing.  If you didn't mind standing outside and getting snowed on, there were a lot of photographic opportunities to be had.  Wildlife was the biggest of those opportunities.

You encounter a few problems when photographing in the falling snow.  Depending upon the amount of snow falling in between you and your subject it can cause your autofocus system to get confused. It can also create a layer of "haze" between you and your subject.  The first one you can deal with in a few ways.  You can just use your autofocus system and hope it is smart enough to figure it out, which might cause you some lost shots, or you can simply switch to manual focus.  The problem with autofocus is it's going to, sooner or later, decide to focus on falling snow instead of your subject.  There is almost a guarantee this will happen when your subject is doing something super interesting, or has moved to a nicer background ;)  The second problem..haze.  It can't really be fixed, but can be helped out a bit by using the "dehaze" slider in Adobe Lightroom CC.  This slider is pretty much magic and can knock down that haze in your image by a great deal.

Aperture-priority, 1/1,250 sec, f/8, ISO 800, Compensation: +1, 150 mm

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This is one of the moose that came to hang out with us at the ranch.  There were three of them.  They showed up everyday.  Usually, when the ranch fed the horses, the moose showed up there to "share" breakfast with them.

This image was made using my Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600mm G2 Lens.

Blue Hour at The Snake River Overlook

I enjoy shooting sunrises, but the time before sunrise and after sunset, known as blue hour, is another favorite time of day of mine to shoot.

On this particular morning I believe the temperature was somewhere around -20 degrees Fahrenheit.  It was very cold!  My camera and lens preformed flawlessly in the extreme temps.  The only issue was the cold zapping the batteries quickly.  I had plenty of spare batteries in preparation for this.  I also kept the spare batteries in my pocket, close to my body, in an effort to keep them as warm as possible.

Another exciting thing about this particular morning was the moon was setting behind the mountains about the same time the sun was rising.  We were hoping to get the moon setting with the sun hitting the mountain peaks, which we did ;) And I will share some of those at a later time.

Aperture-priority, 10 sec, f/16, ISO 100, Compensation: +1

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This image was taken at The Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park.  It was taken about 30 minutes before the sunrise time.  The image was made using my Nikon D500 and Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens.  The combo was resting atop my Sirui W-2204 tripod with Sirui G-20X Ballhead.

Schwabachers Landing

Today I'm sharing another image from the Tetons.  This image was made at Schwabachers Landing.  Although it wasn't made at the "iconic" location that you see most of the images from this area.  It was made just up the road a bit.

I actually prefer this spot over the "iconic" spot.  To tell you the truth, I've never really gotten fired up about the "iconic" spot.  It's just a scene that doesn't do much for me.  I've been there several times and it's just never gotten me excited, even when the light has been great.

I like this spot because of the way you can include the river rocks as a foreground anchor.  I also like how you are able to use the river as a lead in line.  You do give up the reflections, though, so that's the trade off. And, I'm OK with that, personally.

ISO 100, 35mm, F/11 @ 1/40th second

So, this image was made with my Sony A7R, LA-EA4 Lens Adapter and Tamron 24-70mm Lens.  I also used a Marumi Circular Polarizer to kill glare off of the rocks and water's surface.  

Then I processed the image using Lightroom and On1's Perfect Effects.  I used a preset in Perfect Effects called "Vecchio".  This effect was nice, but much too strong for me out of the box.  Since everything in Perfect Effects is in layers and works very similarly to Photoshop in that regard, I simply dialed back the opacity of this effect until I was pleased.  That's it...nothing fancy at all.  Just pushed a few buttons. ;)