Day 364 Falling Snow

Day 364 Falling Snow by pixygiggles
Day 364 Falling Snow, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I wasn’t particularly satisfied with any of the photos I took today, but this one was kind of interesting. I wish I had thought to try using the flash earlier in the day when it was snowing so much harder. I’m not horribly keen on using an on-camera flash, but a lot of what I was reading today about capturing photos of falling snow suggested using a flash in order to light up the snow. There are probably better ways to do this, using manual settings. However, as I’ve stated before, my point and shoot doesn’t have a lot of options as far as manually choosing a focal length.

One good reference article I ran across earlier is by Christopher O’Donnell: How to Photograph Snow. I’m sure there are plenty more out there. Feel free to make suggestions or offer any helpful advice you’ve come across in photographing snow.

And just because I felt a little cheated out of getting a decent snow photo today, I share with you a video from earlier in the day when one of our Downy Woodpeckers stopped by to feed at the suet feeder. She was making a fuss out there, probably because the snow was coming down so hard. Later, I ended up taking out orange slices, cranberries (curious to see if the birds will eat those), and corn.

Day 350 Clouds Rolling In

Day 350 Clouds Rolling In by pixygiggles
Day 350 Clouds Rolling In, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I stayed outside for the better part of half an hour at sunset taking photos of the clouds and sky. I really wanted to capture that little sliver of moon, but the clouds were moving too fast. It remained hidden most of the time I was out there, only peeking out briefly. By the time I came back in my fingers were numb. It’s a good thing I came in when I did because a downpour came not even 10 minutes later.

Day 287 Tree Afire

Day 288 Tree Afire by pixygiggles
Day 287 Tree Afire, a photo by pixygiggles on Flickr.

I have been trying to get a decent photo of this tree in our yard for over a week, now. The colors have been simply gorgeous! Previous photos turned out disappointing because the colors seemed to bleed together into a massive blob. Today, I tried something different. I had read online that using a polarized lens filter can help reduce the glare of autumn foliage. Since my camera is only a point and shoot, I have no way to change lenses. Instead, I had to get a little creative. I shot this photo while holding my sunglasses directly in front of the camera’s lens. I was amazed to see that it actually helped cut out a lot of the glare, even though I still didn’t get that nice blue sky I was looking for. I’ll keep experimenting, but this one is far better than my previous attempts.

What other non-conventional, creative methods have you guys used to capture interesting shots?