On days that we get a nice snow in Longmont, I walk to the Sunset Golf Course to see the old, huge Cottonwood trees. They're amazing year-round, but are magical with snow or frost on them. On the morning this photo was taken, a light fog added to the new snow on the ground and the frost on the trees. Those particular weather events created a slightly surreal scene for me, but also made it a bit chilly and damp. I had to cover the tripod-mounted camera to keep it from frosting over.
The exposure was aperture priority, and I use Photoshop to adjust the levels, rather than making multiple exposures for scenes like this. I find that to be the most effective (and efficient) way to control contrast in scenes with little or no complex hues in them. For me, I usually capture a lot of my best images during what we call “inclement” weather conditions.
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