All of these are from the archives except for the portrait-oriented photo on the right*. (This past Sunday we had a full day of freezing rain, and it had coated all the windows on the front of the house. This was the view looking out.)
One of the upsides to a full day of the right type of snow, is pulling out the close-up lens and trying to photograph some snowflakes.
From past experimenting I've found that the snow has to be just the right consistency. Basically, dry and light so that each flake sits on top of the one below, creating small pockets of air.
Using an external light source, one can angle the light to reflect across the plane of the snowflake, causing it to shine.
Or to catch edges, angles and curves by directing the light to the side of a pile of snow.
I've never had any luck doing this when the snow is heavy (big, wet flakes), dense, well-packed, old (not fresh), or during the day. As for technical bits, for all these photos I used my old camera, the D70s (I've been having some shutter trouble with the D300 lately), my trusty old Sigma 50mmƒ2.8 lens and a basic desk lamp with a bendable neck. As for camera settings, I used manual focus, manual exposure with aperture set at ƒ5.6, shutter speed based on the internal light meter and iso at 200. All were processed in Lightroom. The blue tint added by setting the white balance to tungsten then adjusting the temperature (blue/yellow slider) to the right a tad.
Oh, where has the time gone. Can't believe it's been so long since my last post. I got carried away into the November doldrums, I guess ... ;-)
Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on the Quebec City post. It was a magical trip, and I'm happy to see that that came across in my photos. I would whole-heartedly recommend visiting, in any season. I've been in summer and now fall, but I imagine it would be even more amazing with snow on the ground.
For those who are interested in experimental portraiture, creativeLIVE is hosting Jeremy Cowart -- of Help-Portrait fame -- Thursday and Friday for another online workshop. I've heard Jeremy speak a few times, and really like his demeanour and his focus on the art and craft of photography. Here's the link to the course info and urls to watch it live. (It's free for the live viewing, plus they usually offer a re-watch a few hours after the live broadcast.)
Those in the northernly regions, hope you're all staying warm (and out of those doldrums!) .