This Week at the Lake – 41/52

Snow at the lake!

We got some rare snow in middle Tennessee this week so I made sure I was at the lake! It started snowing last Sunday, so I got up early Monday morning and headed to Radnor Lake State Park. When I first got there it was still a little dark so I headed down the trail to a great sunrise spot.

I was the first and only one there for quite a while. No footprints on the trail at all. After getting the above shot, I passed another person, then shortly later I met one of the park rangers on the trail. I also met another photographer, Charlie Tallent.

I’m ashamed that I don’t have more wide angle landscape shots of snow at the lake – but I do have an excuse. I spent nearly 45 minutes watching a large Red Tailed Hawk that was way up in a tree. The light and snow on the ground was perfect and it would have been an amazing chance to get a great shot of the hawk. He never did come down from the tree and I eventually had to head to work (although already pretty late!).

Here are the snow shots I was able to get:

And that’s it for the week!

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3 responses

  1. Absolutely stunning photos, particularly the lake it’s beautiful.

    December 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

  2. Randy Harris

    Malcolm, I enjoy seeing your work… I’m amazed at the control of sun flare. I have a difficult time trying HDR sunsets due to flare. Isvthere any one thing which helps? The Best has been the first few minutes at sunrise. Any advise?

    December 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

    • Thanks Randy, I appreciate the comment.

      Here is what I do:
      If I want a good “star” flare on the sun, crank up the aperture. I think the photo in this series has an aperture of 25. I also always have the ISO set to 100. This means you need a tripod but then I always shoot sunrises/sunsets in HDR which of course benefits from a tripod as well. Also, even when doing a 3 exposure HDR, be careful where you meter. You don’t want the flare to get blown out too much so don’t meter on the darkest spot. I tend to set my 0 ev value a tad under what the sky reads. This leads to some dark spots in the final HDR but the sky is usually right on – and in a sunrise, the sky is usually the main focal point!

      Hope it helps – good luck!

      December 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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