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Old Jan 19, 2010, 10:04 PM   #1
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This last weekend I took our family into the Sierra foothills to a B&B in small town. It was a wonderfully relaxing couple of days. As we came back from our weekend, just ahead of a major winter storm, I stopped to take a few pictures of a snowy meadow. BTW, in the 24hrs since we left 23 inches of snow has fallen in that little sierra town. We were in my daughters front-wheel- drive Honda CRV and though we had no trouble in the little snow we saw while we were there, I am glad we left when we did.

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Old Jan 19, 2010, 10:05 PM   #2
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Here is a small creek we passed on the way down out of the mountains.

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I like number 2 the most, the snow makes the green stand out on the pines. And the water balance out the white of the snow.
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Looks like a nice place to stop and good job you didn't hang around much longer as I'm sure being stuck there wouldn't be so nice.

I like the composition in both just a shame the the snow is totally blown out so there is no detail.
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Thanks Mark, You make an excellent point. In my hurry to pull over on a two lane road and jump out into the rain/snow to get the shots and coupled with my discovery later that I had my camera set to Aperture mode instead of Program, I didn't really consider the stark contrast between the snow and the other landscape.
Next time, next time. Oh wel,l it gives me an excuse to return and fine tune the exposure.

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SMAC,
Lovely shots, I can empathize with your dilemna re the quick and dirty vs no shot. I think we've all been there. Even considering that nice captures.
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Thanks Selvin, I appreciate the moral support.
It's seems that we never stop learning in this hobby. I suppose that's true about most things we love.

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"I had my camera set to Aperture mode instead of Program"

i shoot in Av mode 95% of the time, and the rest manual... never use Program... it's all in where you meter for the shot. but as Selvin says, we've all had to make the choice between grabbing a quick shot with minimal set-up, or getting no shot at all, so i'm glad you got these.

i really like the second one, though... the snowy trees and the river give a real "wilderness" feel.. 23" snowfall in 24 hours? yikes!!
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Thanks Mark, You make an excellent point. In my hurry to pull over on a two lane road and jump out into the rain/snow to get the shots and coupled with my discovery later that I had my camera set to Aperture mode instead of Program, I didn't really consider the stark contrast between the snow and the other landscape.
Next time, next time. Oh wel,l it gives me an excuse to return and fine tune the exposure.

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You are not the first and won't be the last to do it. I've had shots with blown highlights and it is so annoying if you can't get the shot again easily.
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"I had my camera set to Aperture mode instead of Program"

i shoot in Av mode 95% of the time, and the rest manual... never use Program... it's all in where you meter for the shot. but as Selvin says, we've all had to make the choice between grabbing a quick shot with minimal set-up, or getting no shot at all, so i'm glad you got these.

i really like the second one, though... the snowy trees and the river give a real "wilderness" feel.. 23" snowfall in 24 hours? yikes!!

Thanks Rocky, I shot the whole weekend in Aperture mode and wondered why my shutter speed never went above 1/80 sec. What a goof.
But, you're right. They all came out. I did play with the metering to adjust the exposures, especially when I was outside shooting my daughter and her fiancÚ building snowmen. I guess I intuitively new something needed adjusting it just didn't dawn on me why.

Thanks again and I'm glad you like the shots. My wife was hell bent on me getting some snowy forest landscape shots and I'm glad that I was able too.

BTW, by Wednesday they had over 5 and a half feet. I heard is was like driving through a tunnel on main street, what with all the snow shoved into the center and sides by the plows. Hehehe... We really did make it out just in time.

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