It’s Snowing, Time to Go Out and Play

Many folks in the southeast moan and groan about the snow and ice when it decides to show up.  Granted, it can be frustrating, but mainly because everything gets closed down, especially roads in the Smokies and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  So, one has to get creative about where to find places to play with the camera.

The backyard works but be ready.  Keep bird feeders filled and shelters available.  It’s good to have some nice perches around too making photos more attractive so that the feeders can be excluded.  Here, I used some Photoshop Filters to give an ordinary photo a different look.

Puffy Cardinal

Puffy Cardinal

Things warmed up so the backyard thawed out making a road trip necessary to find some ice.  With the record setting lows around the Appalachian Mountains, it wasn’t hard to find a few frozen waterfalls.  Trails were treacherous but with the right footwear and lots of common sense, capturing a few shots became a reality.  The cloudy skies helped too by preventing those contrasty water features and specular highlights that don’t typically fit into my water compositions very well.  I used some HDR methods to bring out the fun shapes and textures in this icy photo.  Remember to capture a variety of imagery making a trip like this one worthwhile with lots of options for creativity at the computer.

Icy Waters

Icy Waters

So, don’t be among those being fussy about the weather, get your camera and go out and play.   You’ll be glad you did.

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