Carole Kropscot, FPSA  

Snowy Weather by Carole Kropscot, FPSA

August 2019 - Snowy Weather

About the Image(s)

About 8 inches of snow on my patio furniture! The snow was still falling. So I used 1/250 shutter speed and caught a few individual flakes actually falling. The original image is almost a white-out. So I fiddled with it in Lightroom to try to show some texture in the show. I used the new Texture slider and set it to its maximum of 100. Also bumped up the Clarity to 40 so that everything wasn't so evenly white.

I shot this through the window. I didn't go outdoors. If I had waited for a bright red cardinal to land on the table, I'd still be standing there waiting! Those pretty birds never seem to show up when you need one! So the point of the picture is the amount of snow. Any ideas about how to make such a scene more interesting without compositing a bird into it?

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9 comments posted

Ally Green   Ally Green
I love the serenity of this photo, so peaceful. A time of contemplation for me. I like how you have captured the texture of the snow and the few flakes that are falling so good use of the sliders in LR. To me I think the bright red cardinal would have been to much! I like the image how it is and maybe if a little bit more the chair on the right hand side would have been included that would have evened up the image in my eyes.   Posted: 08/11/2019 17:36:45
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
When I backed up in my living room to try to take a wider view, the window panes got in the way, and that's why I didn't capture the chair on the right.   Posted: 08/19/2019 20:06:14

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
I like the winter weather scene.
I would add a dinner plate and call
the image too early. I like the texture
of the exposure of the snow.   Posted: 08/21/2019 15:59:51
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Thanks, Walter! I was aiming for showing the snow texture. Snow is so bright that it is hard to see it even in person, I think.   Posted: 08/23/2019 10:51:58

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Ok, I too like the serenity, calmness, and almost perfection of the subject. Getting good results through the window is difficult, but you succeeded well. Your composition places the table in a nice rule-of-thirds position. I agree with Ally that it would be nice to see the entire chair on the right, but sometimes that's the way it goes. I would try to brighten it up a bit, but that might interfere with the falling snowflakes, and you don't want to lose those. If you want to jazz it up a bit try something preposterous like throwing a beach ball onto the table. Any footprints or disturbance of that perfect snow would ruin the mood. I like it just the way you did it.   Posted: 08/22/2019 19:50:04
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
When I brightened it too much, it lost the texture. So I settled for a look between too bright and too somber.   Posted: 08/23/2019 10:50:57

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
I like the volume of snow on the chairs and table, as if it is a balancing act. I felt the adjustments you did for helping bring out the snow (not a complete white out photo) worked well. I had to look closer and see that it is still snowing. Good weather picture.   Posted: 08/25/2019 23:13:41

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Yes, I realize it's hard to see the snow that is actually falling. What was disappointing was that, in person, it was snowing like crazy! And I couldn't capture that visual!   Posted: 08/27/2019 09:59:44

Kerstin Köneke   Kerstin Köneke
This is like some minimalisim art - I like it how it is. A plus would be an whole chair on the right. But otherwise you did will with this snow scene.   Posted: 08/30/2019 11:59:14