Snow over the Creek

Snow in HDR

This is a common question I get. Basically, I think it is a bad idea to HDR the snow and ice part. It just looks dirty. You want it looking nice and pristine, and the HDR will add a little too much texture and grit for me. This seems to happen to an alarming degree with human skin and snow (and a few other things). Anyway, using layers and masking in Photoshop is an easy way to slice-n-dice your way out of that problem!

Daily Photo – Snow over the Creek

There is a place called Pyramid Lake just past Glenorchy that is perfectly wonderful in the winter as long as you have the traction. This shot is from the end of last winter when I caught a little bit of snow. You’ll notice I don’t have a ton of snowy shots from NZ yet, but I think I’ll get a lot more this winter. I’m really looking forward to some good snowfalls, in fact! I’m sure if you’re in the northern hemisphere that you are sick of the cold and ready for the warm… but I really am looking forward to the change!

Snow over the Creek

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2012-07-07 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D800
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture22
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length32.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias+1

  • Way cool. I love how you have the edgy little awesome sharp jaggies on the snow edge! Great advice, too. I may have learned it a little late. 🙂

  • Casper van Zyl

    Cooool shot, great advice,thanks for the tip,yea i found that a lot in HDR with peoples flesh always dirty.

  • Beautiful photo, Trey!!! But what happened to the facebook button??? I can’t post your site on facebook anymore, darn it!! Have a wonderful Monday, mf!!

  • Hi Gail,

    It’s still up there for me – what browser are you using? Maybe try clearing your cache and restarting your browser?

  • Frédérick Beaupré

    Hi Trey! Great advice and looking forward to see some snow photos even if we, in the north are just beginning to see flowers!

    I just won a photo contest with a winter HDR and, at some point, I did have to mask the snow with one of the original image. You can see it there :!i=2418035674&k=mGQc9gR

  • Dee

    Great tip. I also hate it when the snow appears blue in pictures.

  • Trey Ratcliff


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