Thursday, January 20, 2011

Snow day

Today was a perfect day for sledding on our town's biggest hill.  A snow day off from school gave hundreds of local kids a great excuse to drag Mom and Dad out into the cold to do some sledding, boarding, tubing, and snowplowing.  I stopped by to watch some of the fun.

This was my favorite shot of the day because of the way the sunset outlined the sledder's face.  Sometimes you just get lucky, and today was one of those days for me. 

One of my favorite tips from this list of great advice about photography is #17 "Making your photos b/w doesn’t automatically make them 'artsy.'"   I cringed a bit when I read it, and then started practicing more restraint in this area.  But, I thought this picture lent itself well to a sepia effect, which really allowed the facial highlight to stand out.

This photo is another testament to the great possibilities of side lighting.  The setting sun gives great detail to the sled tracks in the snow, making it much more interesting than if it was lit more overhead. 

Canon 5D Mark II
135mm - ISO 100 
1/160s- f/6.3

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