Trinda Love  

First Snowfall in the Rockies by Trinda Love

September 2020 - First Snowfall in the Rockies

About the Image(s)

I shot this photo driving home from Banff, Canada on last September 18th.
A snowstorm was moving in so we left our condo one day early to head home. This was shot from my
moving car on the highway around 10 AM. From my Nikon Z7 at 170mm on my 28-300mm lens, at F5.6 with an ISO of 800 at 1/800th of a second. Set for fast shutter speed because we were going 60 MPH.
I darkened the image with the exposure slider in Adobe Camera Raw where I go first with my RAW files. I cloned out or toned down some bright trees in the foreground, there weren't many. I then did something I had never done before--I found the radial filter in ACR and drew a long oval which I placed over the snowy area and lifted the exposure. I used a curves level to adjust overall exposure. I loved the drama of the stormy sky and the fresh snow on the Canadian Rocky peak.

4 comments posted

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
First of all - I'm glad I'm not the only one taking photos out the window of a moving car!

Really nice, moody image and, in my opinion, the radial filter works really well to focus attention on the middle of the frame.

The article in the Journal (maybe September 2019?) about radial filters radically changed how I use the. Finding out Lightroom has presets specifically for radial filters changed it again. Yay for radial filters!   Posted: 09/06/2020 18:21:08

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
Fantastic image. I love pictures that are a bit dark and give a sense of foreboding. Aside from the great job in picking up the detail in the mountain top and trees (let alone the fact you were travelling at speed), I don't want to get in the way of that weather!   Posted: 09/07/2020 09:39:58

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
I agree with Theresa and Paul -- this is a wonderful shot that perfectly captures the mood. I'd leave a day earlier, too! I especially like the way you used the radial filter to brighten the snowy area. I need to try using that filter some on my shots. Great job.   Posted: 09/08/2020 09:45:48

John Zhu   John Zhu
This is a powerful presentation. Good to know your flow to ehance the image.   Posted: 09/14/2020 14:39:40


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