never right the first time…

Although I love nature photography, especially on a small scale (think close-up and macro, rather than landscape), it doesn’t always come easily to me. Yesterday, for instance, . I posted a dreamy image of dying leaves that I loved, but it wasn’t quite right, somehow, in that indefinable way i couldn’t explain. So this morning I consulted with my resident expert, i.e. my TV photojournalist husband, he made a couple of suggestions, and voila! here is the final version. It’s nice to be married to an expert.

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Following his suggestion, I did some creative cropping, then I added some blur in the bottom left corner in Photoshop and added a watercolor-like texture from 2 Lil Owls (see sidebar if you are interested in purchasing some of your own–they are wonderful!) and brought out a bit of the light.

Photogs, just so you know, CC is always welcome and appreciated, just please be kind so as not to damage my tender feelings!

In other news, we Minneapolitans are finally getting our winter this week…cold temperatures (especially the windchill, such a hideous word, windchill) and Saturday we should get enough snow to cover everything, and this time, here’s hoping it will stick around for more than a day or two! I want my White Christmas!

This is how much snow cover we have now, which is pathetic for Minneapolis on December 8:

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Question: Do any photographers out there have advice for taking cold weather photos? This is my first winter with a DSLR and I am terrified of damaging my camera–or worse, one of my lenses. I’m also wondering about setting my exposure to compensate for snow glare on a sunny day. Thanks in advance!