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Pauline Lerner

A Snow Storm in Maryland

February 13, 2006 at 10:04 AM

It seldom snows around here. When we do have snow, it’s usually mixed with rain, freezing rain, and sleet. It doesn’t stay long. It melts almost as soon as it hits the ground. The temperature often hovers around the freezing point, so any snow that has accumulated melts during midday and freezes as ice in the night. There is a lot of slippery ice, including black ice, on the ground, and driving and walking are risky. While the snow is falling and accumulating, though, it is very pretty. Conditions were just right to give us pretty snow late Saturday night and very early Sunday morning, and I had a rare opportunity to photograph falling snow. I needed long exposure times, so I got out my trusty tripod, attached my new camera to it, and took the camera-on-tripod out on my balcony. I’ve never done night photography before, so I made some educated guesses about the camera’s settings. The results were not bad. The only problem was that all the photos had a strong yellowish cast. I don’t know why. I used my software to remove the yellow. Here it is: a snow storm in Maryland.