It Was Bound to Happen: It Snowed!

It was bound to have happened sooner or later. The snow finally came last night with a muffled but consistent rate that when I looked outside this morning, there was about 5cm of it sitting on the ground. The snow was the wet, packey type, saturated with rain as the temperature was well above freezing. In the back of my mind I thought, “cool,’ becuase I own a 4 wheel drive vehicle that can easily take on snow on the road without getting stuck. This was always a problem in the past for me when owning small vehicles. So, I am happy with the change of scenery, and will embrace the snow knowing full well that by Monday it will all melt away – I hope?

I waited for the day to get brighter before I went outside. I wanted to desperately take photos before the rain washed all of the snow from the branches and bushes. By the time the light was good enough, the rain was just starting to change the snow, and it was melting away fast.

There was the snowplough too. “Why,” I thought, “did the park hire a snowplough today when no one had to go to work, and it was raining?” I had to get out first before the snowplough wrecked the natural scenery.

The snow was nothing in terms of the amount, but it pleasantly changed the world enough to make it look like a different world than the one we were use to. I used a lot of wide angle, close up, shots to express the little amount of snow we had on top of objects like branches and RV awnings.

Looking close up, the image looks like we had a huge dump of snow, but I was shooting, the above image, from behind a fence that was taller than me, and the tree was just behind it and was only a meter taller than the fence. Looks like a lot of snow, eh?

My wide angle shots looked cool too. Using my 55mm zoom lens, as the trees were just starting to loose all of the snow collected on the branches, I caught it just before most of the snow fell off. Yes, I should have set the white balance becuase the sky looked way too blue/gray, when really it was not. Hey, I am learning – this is a learning curve.

I will post these shots, and all the rest I took today in my photo gallery soon. For now, enjoy the snow if you live in the Vancouver, Fraser Valley area!

Added: one last one becuase the Sun came out, and it stopped raining.

I call this one, the above image, “Snow on my Pathfinder.” Yay, sunshine!

4 Thoughts on “It Was Bound to Happen: It Snowed!

  1. Yes, today was a nice day for pics.. too bad I couldn’t head out myself… 🙁

    Regarding your comment “Yes, I should have set the white balance becuase the sky looked way to blue/gray, when really it was not”

    Is it the colour is wrong or that the image is in fact much darker than the scene actually was? While there might be colour variance, what I see in that picture is something I have seen many times when shooting predominantly bright scenes.

    I’ll add more depending on your answer.

  2. The level of light was changing constantly. At that point of the morning, the overcast sky was darker, but more of a nice diffused white colour, than what the camera picked up.

    I understand that the human eye can pick up on colour and light sensitivity better than a digital camera can, so what I was seeing, and what came out in this image were very different from one another. I did have the white balance set for “cloud,” so I assumed that I was going to get a more “truer” result.

    …maybe a smaller F-stop number?

    Looking at the rest of the photos in the shots I took today, I see that I had more light behind me than what was in front of me coming through the clouds.

    EXIF Data:

    Shutter: 1/100
    ISO: 100
    no flash

    I’m looking forward to your next comment.

  3. Ya, that’s what I thought.

    The exposure meters in digital cameras are calibrated to correctly expose a scene that has a specified brightness. Some people refer to this as 18% gray, others 12% gray… either way the exposure meter is set to correctly expose a certain level of brightness. This represents a typical photographic scene with a mix of some darks, some lights, and mostly mid-tone colours.

    When taking shots where the scene is predominantly bright, like a cloudy sky or a snowy scene, the meter will try to expose the camera for the less bright typical photo scene. It will do so by instructing the camera to either shorten the shutter or close up the aperture. The exposure meter doesn’t know that it is shooting a bright scene, so you end up with in under-exposed photo.

    Related, should you shoot a dark scene, again the exposure meter tries to expose for the typical mid-tone scene and ends up over-exposing the photo…

    In either case, the exposure meter is trying to pull the exposure to the mid-tones.

    Another way to explain it is this;

    a. If you photograph a grey card, it will turn out grey.
    b. If you photograph a white card, it will turn out grey.
    c. If you photograph a Black card, it will turn out grey.

    The exposure meter’s goal is to turn what it sees a specific grey (averaged out over the entire scene).

    To properly photograph these scenes, one must instruct the camera to:

    a. Over-expose by 1 to 2 stops when shooting bright scenes, or
    b. Under-expose by 1 to 2 stops when shooting dark scenes.

    You can do so by either using an exposure compensation function or by shooting manual and compensating for exposure manually.

    This is where your histogram is useful. If you have your camera setup to show the histogram when it shows you the picture you just took, you can see at a glance the brightness distribution.

  4. Yes, I have already started to use f stops above and below in my shooting to fix the colour issue of grey tones.

    LOL, I should also start using the British spelling for grey. I am not an American.

    Last night I took some shots of the third-quarter Moon, and was able to correct the light meter, through dropping the f stop to say, “f11,” when it was calling for f2.5.

    I am already good with using the histogram, as I use it gauge my setting more and more. I even own a pocket light meter too! LOL.

    I can also shoot HDR photos in either three or five images, and manually set what each f-stop I want them to be at. I’m experimenting with some HDR shots I took a couple of days to, and I am already seeing a hug difference in a scene’s proper colour scape, as oppose to what the camera likes in Auto-mode. Of course I am shotting in RAW, as well as JPEG.

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