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4.02.12 - A Winter World

Published February 4th, 2012

Usually after work, in the twilight hours when the sun has set and darkness has settled its the perfect conditions for a few long exposure shots. This takes place on the way back from the workplace, cycling along and taking pictures of whatever comes to mind or interest, occurring on the main roads that you may of noticed in some pictures on my profile. However what made it more special this time was the presence of..snow!



A white wonderland full of opportunities, however I was poorly equipped at the time during the "ride" back home, I call it a "ride" because the snow rendered my bike immobile and I had to slowly drudge back home in the freezing cold. But of course when it comes to photography I persevered.



This perseverance involved some improvisation and some weather to grit my teeth through unfortunately. Having to take my gloves off in order to work the camera was the first step, with long exposure shots as you know taking a seconds to complete and as usual I had the usual 15 second shutter speed up and running plus the processing time on top, leading to my hands being exposed to the elements, but I'm probably making this sound really bad when in fact it was of little pain to get through. The second problem was the lack of a lens hood for the camera itself. This led to me having to improvise by using a glove to cover the top of the lens in order to prevent snow from affecting the image and the lens itself, but it JUST did the job, not perfect but better than nothing right? Third problem was the camera itself, being a compact - a Canon S90, there were some issues such as the amount of detail picked up, with some photos not picking up the snow fall at all. As well as the lighting in some areas of the road being too bright, or the fact that the camera overcompensated for the darkness in some parts of the images leading to a yellowy outcome. This in turn required some fiddling, mostly to do with the ISO and the white balance in order to have some semblance of a decent photo.



But hey, you have to go through a few mishaps and experiences to learn and improve, all in all it was the first time I took pictures in such heavy snow, resulting in the problems above but also at the end of the night a very enjoyable experience, just putting a smile on my face in the face of a white snowy world.



The end results were, in my opinion quite poor and I only managed to get two images that were worthy of being processed and ready for my profiles/portfolio, being the same location as "The Lonely Road" with an obvious dramatic change.



They can been found below for your viewing pleasure.



I thank you for reading this entry and I hoped you found it mildly entertaining.



Until next time.



Martin Fu





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Snow Speed

Located on Kenilworth Road, required some improvisation of removing the snow covered traffic switch which was covered by a light box overhead to provide a cover/archaic lens hood to protect both the camera and lens.

One of the few images that came out quite clearly with snow fall being apparent.

Taken on the way back from work after obvious heavy snowfall, using a Canon S90, with an ISO of 80, 13 second shutter speed and adjusted white balance of -2.

Edited using Photoshop CS5 applying grey scale filters and local exposure/saturation changes.

Martin Fu 2012 ©

  • February 5th, 2012
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • 6mm / f/8 / 13 sec
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Winter Rize

Located on Kenilworth Road, cars were actually travelling at quite low speeds hence leading to the more light exposure seen here despite the ISO set at 80.

Taken on the way back from work after obvious heavy snowfall to using a Canon S90, with an ISO of 80, 13 second shutter speed and adjusted white balance of -2.

Martin Fu 2012 ©

  • February 5th, 2012
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • 6mm / f/8 / 13 sec

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