Peaceful Snow Fall

Peaceful snow fall in northern Virginia

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It’s been a long time since my last post and I decided I couldn’t finish 2013 without one last post.

It’s been a crazy year with starting a new job in May and a relocation from Georgia to northern Virginia. Needless to say there’s been little time for photography and blog posts. Thankfully, in the last two months, the job has settled down and I’m beginning to get out more with the camera and focus (pun intended) on photography. I plan to make photography more a part of my daily life in 2014 and post once a week here on the blog.

The Story

Earlier this month, we experienced our first meaningful snow fall in northern Virginia and I couldn’t pass up the chance to get outside with a camera and shoot. Georgia seldom saw snow. We always seemed to get ice there instead. On this day, it was snowing hard and it was amazingly quiet and peaceful while the snow fell. I shot this scene at a local park near my house.

Equipment and Processing

This image was created with the Fuji X-E2 and the Fuji XF 18-55mm lens. Processed in Lightroom and converted to Black and White using Silver Efex Pro. Finally, I added the background blur with the Tilt-Shift filter in Photoshop.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season! Until next year!


© 2013, The F/Stop Guy: Peaceful Snow Fall

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-E2
  • Taken: 8 December, 2013
  • Focal length: 48.4mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/340s
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  1. Mark Pamer December 29, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

    Beautiful Snow shot. I’ve been shooting for many years but have not, in the last 10 years, been able to shoot and print quality B&W images. Right now I’m shooting a X100 and a XE-2. I’m getting closer but I’m still not there. If you have a minute, tell me what your Xe2 was set on. For example, RAW color and then using Eflex? Also, how well you like Silver Efex Pro. Never used it.

    Mark Palmer

    • The F/Stop Guy December 29, 2013 at 9:46 PM #

      Mark, I know the feeling. I’ve spent too much time with images of grey snow. I usually use a +1 EV to ensure I get white snow. I then adjust clarity to bring back some texture to the snow. In the case of this image, I shot it in RAW at ISO 200 for a 1/340 sec shutter speed at f/5.6. EV was 0. I took the color RAW file, processed it in Lightroom and fine tuned it before sending to Silver Efex Pro 2 for conversion. The final adjustment was in Photoshop CS6 using the Tilt/Shift blur filter.

      There are a number of black and white conversion programs out there now. I’ve been using Silver Efex Pro since it first came out. I like using it much better than trying a desaturation process in LR or CS6. I feel like it gives me more fine control. Several of the included presets are good starting points. I’d recommend that you download the trial version and play with it.

  2. Len Saltiel December 31, 2013 at 7:12 AM #

    Love the tones and composition Ken. Really sets a great winter mood. Welcome to snow and I am sure that by the end of the winter you will be very tired of it. Good luck on the new job and hope to see more of your pics in 2014. Happy New Year.

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