First snow photos of the season

Discussions on Equipment, Locations and Tips for getting the photograps you want of Vermont scenes.Note: You must be registered in order to post. If you have trouble registering, use the contact us form on Scenes of Vermont's home page.

Moderators: bm, Andy, admin

abby
Moderator
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:01 am
Location: southeast massachusetts
Contact:

First snow photos of the season

Postby abby » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:22 pm

We got a little snow here Saturday night, I didn't have an opportunity to get out with my camera yesterday. It was really beautiful here. I had the opportunity today, so I went out this morning at sunrise. Unfortunately, it was overcast with a few pokes of brightening every now and then so I didn't have good light or skies to work with.

Here is a church and gazebo in Milton MA. Please tell me which shot, if any, you prefer, and also any critiques are welcomed.

Image

Image

Image



The sky brightened a bit by the time I got to my next stop for a few refelction shots:

Image



Image

I know many of us wanted to keep this forum active during the foliage off season, so it would be great to hear from you and I hope you will also post some winter scenes from your areas when you get any. I'd love to see them! Hopefully, there will be lots to share! :wink:

Carol


autzig
Posts: 443
Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2005 12:01 am
Location: Bloomington, MN
Contact:

Postby autzig » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:43 pm

We have a winter storm watch for tomorrow here in Minnesota. To date we haven't had any meaningful snow. That could change tomorrow. Of course I won't be here for it. I'm on my way to Tennessee and South Carolina. Hopefully we'll get some nice snow and it will stay. With high temperatures in the teens and lows near zero it should.

I like all of the church photos but I think I like the second photo best. I like the low angle of view. I might have preferred it if you would have moved a little more to the left and got more of the church between the pole of the gazebo but I do like it the way it is. Because of the square format, you must have already cropped it.

I like the second reflection photo better. I can't say why, exactly, but I do.

Thanks for sharing.

Al

ctyanky
Moderator
Posts: 2551
Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:22 am

Postby ctyanky » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:54 am

Hi Carol: I like the first shot of the town green with the church and gazebo. This is an iconic New England winter scene and as you know, I wrote the SOV blog on town greens awhile back and this blissful setting is one of the reasons I love New England so much.

I should say that this shot stands out as I look at it from a purely enjoyable viewpoint. I must say it is beautiful. I think it could even appear on a postcard that I have seen in many Vermont stores. Can you picture yourself walking across the crunchy snow and sitting in the gazebo watching the flakes come down?

Do know that some of us see your shots from a different perspective - pure enjoyment! Obviously, I'm not in any position to critique! :wink:

P.S. They had forecast 3-6 and all we had was spitting snow and a sprinkling on the ground. So the green grass is still very visible. A mess of a storm is on the way for tonight and tomorrow so you will have more snow photo sessions to look forward to! I look forward to more of your lovely New England scenics!
CT - Moderator for Scenes of Vermont
**************
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

abby
Moderator
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:01 am
Location: southeast massachusetts
Contact:

Postby abby » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:02 pm

autzig wrote:We have a winter storm watch for tomorrow here in Minnesota. To date we haven't had any meaningful snow. That could change tomorrow. Of course I won't be here for it. I'm on my way to Tennessee and South Carolina. Hopefully we'll get some nice snow and it will stay. With high temperatures in the teens and lows near zero it should.

I like all of the church photos but I think I like the second photo best. I like the low angle of view. I might have preferred it if you would have moved a little more to the left and got more of the church between the pole of the gazebo but I do like it the way it is. Because of the square format, you must have already cropped it.

I like the second reflection photo better. I can't say why, exactly, but I do.

Thanks for sharing.

Al


Well that answers that question Al. :D When I replied to your email last night, I asked if you were traveling or home.......now I see you are traveling today. Sorry you will miss the first snowfall in your area, but as you said, with the cold up there, it should stick around.
Thanks for your opinion on the church photo. I see what you mean about the perspective. I can always go back another time and try your suggestion, so thank you for that.
Travel safe,
Carol

abby
Moderator
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:01 am
Location: southeast massachusetts
Contact:

Postby abby » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:14 pm

CT,
I thought of you when I was out taking these photos, as I absolutley remembered your love of the Vermont town greens. My son bought me a beautiful book for my birthday titled "South Shore Wide" by Arthur P Richmond. It is a book of panoramic photos taken from the different towns of the South Shore, where I live. In it, was a panoramic shot of the Milton Town Green. I had never been to this spot before, so I headed there early yesterday morning, inspired from the photo in the book, and tried shooting from several different perspectives. Thanks for your opinion on the first shot. I appreciate it. There could be 100 people looking at those 3 photos, and it could be a 3 way equal decision on the favorite. It's all subjective, and what pleases us personally. I think it's fun getting other's opinions. Al liked the second, you liked the first, and I actually was leaning towards the third! :wink:

Thanks a bunch CT!!! Try to stay warm and dry tomorrow.
Carol

faxmachineanthem
Posts: 160
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:11 am

Postby faxmachineanthem » Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:18 pm

Nice Carol! I like the first one the best as well.

We had an early snow in NJ also. Probably the same storm. My wife and I took advantage of it to get our Christmas card shot of our daughter. Kids provide quite a challenge.... photographically and otherwise! :D But I was really happy with the way they came out.

Image

Image

ctyanky
Moderator
Posts: 2551
Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:22 am

Postby ctyanky » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:39 pm

Hey Fax: These photos show the true definition of PRECIOUS!!!! Your daughter is adorable! Thanks for posting!

We had quite a nasty mess here today. Heavy, beautiful snow in the a.m. and pure, disgusting slush to follow. All will freeze now. :shock:

We are now having a thunderstorm with hail!

Gotta love the northeast! :wink:
CT - Moderator for Scenes of Vermont
**************
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~George Eliot

faxmachineanthem
Posts: 160
Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:11 am

Postby faxmachineanthem » Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:15 am

Thanks ct!

In a related topic, David Middleton blogged today about what makes a good winter photo. He suggests that the early winter is the best time. So I'd better get up to Vermont soon!

http://www.davidmiddletonphoto.com/blog ... otography/

abby
Moderator
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:01 am
Location: southeast massachusetts
Contact:

Postby abby » Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:37 pm

Hi FAX,
Your little girl is getting big! She looks so much bigger than she did in the Owls Head photo. Those big beautiful eyes of hers are a photographers dream! I can only imagine how many gorgeous photos you must have of her....and will be taking in the future. She is precious beyond words and I'm so glad you shared these photos with us. Thanks for the smile she brought to my face! :)

I'm glad to know you also like my photo number one. Thanks for that. I also just visited David Middleton's blog. I have been so unlucky the past several years. I haven't hit my VT trips to coincide with any snowfall. Therefore, I haven't had much luck with my VT winter photos at all because the snow hasn't been on the trees. I am hoping my luck changes this year.

Carol

Andy
Site Admin
Posts: 1493
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:01 am
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Contact:

Postby Andy » Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:34 am

Well, Carol, critique is easy -- we all get to sit on the sidelines after you went out and braved the cold and wet, and tell what what we would have done, all of course with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. So here I go . . . . . :lol:

I, too, like the first one. But I do agree with Al. I would like to see a little more separation between the church and gazebo, if that is possible. You might have to use your ambulatory zoom lens for that :). It might also benefit if, by moving to the right a bit it would allow you to exclude some of the empty space on the right of the photograph. I assume you are close to home, here? One benefit to that might be to go back and see what other possibilities there are. I cannot tell you how many times over the years, I have come home, reviewed my shots, and realized the one(s) I MISSED! In this case, you might even go back and take a series of shots for composition placement, no matter what the weather, and find the best one, then wait for the right day, and go back and get the shot with all the conditions right. I have done that -- but rarely do I find a photo op close to home that motivates me that much. :( .

A couple of the others remind me of another important point. When we start using wider lenses, perspective distortion starts to show up. The lens, no matter how good, has trouble rendering straight lines. You can correct for this to an exent with camera angle and height. But there are physical limits. I always notice it when there is a roof line and a steeple, tower, etc. I have struggled with it on my lighthouse shots. Sometimes, you just have to make a choice whether it is more important for the horizontal or the vertical to be "true" and let the other part just "fall" as it does.
Andy

If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .

abby
Moderator
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:01 am
Location: southeast massachusetts
Contact:

Postby abby » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:33 pm

I'll have to put an ambulatory zoom lens on my Christmas Wish List Andy. That should keep my husband busy for a while looking for one of those. :lol: Or perhaps I could use my Go Go Gadget arms to manually zoom and focus that shot.
I see what you mean and appreciate the feedback. I can pop by there anytime....it's about 25 minutes from my home........and try to rework it. I would proabably need to step more to the right. I can try to get some more seperation between the gazeebo and church but not sure it it's possible, but am always willing to try. I think it makes a nice winter scene and will head back there after a future snowfall.
Thanks for the feedback,
Carol

PS There is actually a second church to the right of the gazeebo (In other words, if looking at the scene from the street, there is a church, gazeebo, then another church.) Here's a view with the other church that I did in b&w:



Image

Again, there's not much seperation between the gazeebo and church. I am thinking about maybe submitting this in the b&w category in next month's camera club competition. Any comments?

Andy
Site Admin
Posts: 1493
Joined: Sun Sep 18, 2005 12:01 am
Location: Saginaw, Michigan
Contact:

Postby Andy » Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:42 pm

Of course I recognize that I have not been to the scene and moving your shooting point might actually introduce more probems than solutions. The only point was I would like to see more separation. Only you will know if that's possible.

Any possibilities of a Pano with both churches?

Also, looks like you might be able to "tease" a little more drama out of the skies?
Andy

If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .

abby
Moderator
Posts: 1802
Joined: Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:01 am
Location: southeast massachusetts
Contact:

Postby abby » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:57 pm

Gee, a pano would be amazing Andy, but not sure if it's possible. I still haven't attempted any panos yet. I wanted to try one in Maine but I forgot that was one of the things I wanted to do. (short term memory problems) :) What is the most number of photos that could be stitched together? It would take an awful lot of photos to get the whole scene.

Also...more drama in the sky? Should I darken it? What would you recommend? (and were you referring to the b&w sky or the color sky or both?)

Thanks again,
Carol



Return to “Vermont Photography Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest