It's that time of the year again.
By that I mean it's winter. And of course, it really started about a month ago. I like to avoid thinking it's winter until we get a really good snow, and this past week and a half we finally got it.
I don't like winter.
Don't get me wrong, I love playing in the snow with my almost 4 year old, I do enjoy all the Christmas season brings... but it seems that with the good, there's always some not-so-good... frustrating things...
Everyone knows traveling during the holidays can be horrendous. There are three basic rules to holiday travel:
1- Leave early2- Pack light3- Be nice to the airline employees (and TSA agents as well)
With all of our planning and packing and leaving early, we still managed to land ourselves in the worst case scenario of holiday travel.
Merry Christmas. We missed our flight.
Thanks to Gene, the neighborhood snow angel, the sidewalks on my block are clear and I'm able to get in and out of my driveway even after the plow goes by and dumps what I'm sure is the accumulated snow from several blocks.
Sometimes I'm convinced the snowplow driver waits until I've already cleared a path just to make sure I'm out there again with shovel in hand. But that driver doesn't know I've got a secret weapon. It's Gene.
Our area is blessed with lakes and woods but very few places where photographers can photograph moving water showing motion in the winter.
The exception is Stony Brook in Fritz Loven Park in the City of Lake Shore. With your tripod in hand, head for the rushing water as it tumbles over the rocks in the brook.
If there is a break in the clouds tonight the show in the night sky will be worth a trip outside and a good reason to stay up. The longest night of the winter is matching up with a lunar eclipse as the Earth blocks the sun's rays. As the Earth's shadow is cast on the moon, the lunar body is expected to change from gray to orange or deep red as indirect sunlight passes through the Earth's atmosphere. NASA said the eclipse will last 72 minutes beginning about 12:32 a.m. With the winter solstice...
Many, many times I have heard from people how they photographed something during a snowfall and it turned out really dark and the snowflakes were not visible.
First of all, your camera turns everything medium gray because that is what a meter does. So to turn the snow white, go to the compensation dial and plus up the exposure to overexpose the scene. This will make the snow white.
I'm not really a football fan. I watch it, but only because the men in my life love it. I usually find a book and a blanket and go to my happy place while the neanderthals smash their heads together any given Sunday.
I know, so un-American.
When I heard the news that the Vikings would be playing their final home game at TCF Bank stadium I laughed...outdoor football game in December in Minnesota!? That sounds about like the worst thing ever. Those people will freeze their faces off.
Before Facebook was invented my mom exchanged Christmas cards with far-flung friends for decades. If one year she didn't receive a card from the family it meant that their status had been changed to: Wife died.