We’re just back from a great week in Yosemite and I couldn’t wait to print the image above! Why of all my images from Yosemite did I print this one first? You all know how I love snow, I spend a lot of time in it and more to my love, photographing it. I’m always amazed to meet folks though who have never seen or experienced snow so, besides myself, I want to bring that experience to them. I have a big set of tricks and techniques I’ve come up with over the years to accomplish that. For example, having a darker background lets the falling snow pop out more. The one thing I was lacking in all my shooting up until now was the ability to bring out the fine detail of the slow, silent, soft snowfall on a windless day. Another important tool has been added to the arsenal and seeing how well it did is why I printed the top photo PDQ when I got back in the office!
What came to the arsenal is the gorgeous files of the D850 and in this instance, coupled to the amazingly sharp 70-200f4. First I wanted the fine detail of the bare oak limbs outlined in white to pop in the photo. Ya, I realize it’s not everyone’s kinda photo but it’s mine. Then I wanted the softly falling snow to come through, even finer detail. Shooting at f/4, 1/40 (ISO64) using shutter speed and DoF to make these elements pop is an old technique of mine. But the D850 took it to a new level for me! FEELING the falling snow in the 24×30 print jumps out in a way it’s not before. I’m so excited to take snow to a new level so now there is no question, got snow?!