Thanksgiving Snow

We woke up this Thanksgiving to see the ground covered with snow.

Unfortuanately, it was not thick enough to cover the ground completely. Fortunately, there was no need to shovel the driveway either.

How do you get pictures of snow when there is not that much?


I used my Canon 100mm macro lens to get in real close. I often like to get in real close and look at things in a way that people otherwise never get to see.

The snow had  melted a bit and refroze by the time I got around to photgraphing it.

I found this particular patch that also seemed to have a frosty look to it. Almost like a sea of diamonds.

The best way to focus using a macro lens:

The trick to getting macro photos in focus is to set the lens to manual focus. Set the lens to it’s closest focusing distance. Then move the whole camera back and forth to focus on the spot you want. This way, you can keep the magnification the highest.

I wanted to see what would happen with a bit of image adjustment on the computer.

I used the levels adjustment in Photoshop Elements to make make an adjustment. Moving the shadow slider up, I noticed the dark areas turn blue. I then switched the levels to adjust the blue channel and got the final result below.


I like the way this looks with the blue shadows.

You will often find a lot of blue in the shadows of snow photos. This is usually a reflection of the sky. Our eyes tend to fool us into thinking everything is white.

It is easy to compensate for this blue cast with a digital camera.

Often, just the auto white balance will take care of it. You can also set your white balance manually to something like cloudy.

The best way is to use a RAW file format and fix the color cast on your computer.

This way, you can fine tune the color and make sure you get a good balance between the blue in the shadows without making the white too yellow or warm.

If you are shooting film, it is a bit harder.

With color negative film, the printer can make a correction when making a print. With slide film, a warming filter must be used when you take the photograph.

Which photograph do you prefer?


About James Thoenes

James has spent most of his life involved in photography. He is now dedicated to producing portraits that his clients will treasure for the rest of their lives.


  1. Wow! Those are gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing them.