Snowfall

Nighttime snow shot. I used a Speedlite flash, but I didn’t want to light up the scene too much. The sky/scene was pretty bright, since it was still snowing, and I really only wanted the flash to reflect off the falling snowflakes, so I  set the flash’s exposure compensation on -3.

IMG_6182Hand held, manual focus. Converted to grayscale in Photoshop; decreased exposure a little, added a tiny bit of brightness, and then some contrast, to get the final look. Not great, but if we keep getting winter weather here (so unusual for Arkansas!), I may get an opportunity to fine-tune the process. I guess the big white blobs are snowflakes stuck to the lens?

Other info:

Exposure: f/4.5 1/60s, ISO 1600
Exposure Mode: Auto
Focal Length: 28.0 mm
Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Flash: Fired, compulsory mode
Metering Mode: Spot
Subject Distance: 3.1m
Custom Rendered: Normal process
White Balance: Auto
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Model: Canon EOS40D
Camera Raw
White Balance: Custom
Temperature: 4925° K
Exposure: +1.25
Brightness: +58
Contrast: +53

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