Happy New Year!!! I hope you have made it safely and in good health through this holiday season and that your Christmas was enjoyable and full of fun and celebration.
During the days between Christmas and New Years Day I went out for a camera walk along the creek in the Mission Creek Regional Park
in Kelowna, B.C. It had snowed several days previous and with a warming wind I thought I had better get out before the snow dropped off of the trees.
There was a calm beauty in the air as I made my way along the trail. Snow carpeted the ground and clung to the trees. It was quiet. Only the sound of water bubbling past rocks in the creek and the quiet chatter of a few passing hikers broke the silence. What a great time to be out with my camera!
Settling into my hike I started framing images in my mind. Tall trees hanging onto a bluff above the creek, red berries hanging on a few winter bound bushes and water coursing between rocks and fallen logs all made for interesting image opportunities.
I like to visualize snowy compositions in black and white with all the tones in between. There were several I felt would work out very well as black and whites.
Other than the composition, my main challenge was to accurately render the snow so that it wasn’t blown out in my image. To do this I relied on my histogram and the highlights function on the rear screen of my camera to capture an image with as full a tonal range as possible. A few test shots were required.
With the highlights function active areas of the image that are blown out will flash on the screen. Adjustments made with exposure compensation dial will ultimately result in an image that has a full range of tones and no blown out areas.
After an hour or so with fifty or so images in my camera I ended my hike. I looked forward to getting them onto my computer to begin the process of rating and developing.