Montana Outdoors

December 21, 2015

Did you ever wonder…

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:08 pm

Nearly 10PM, snowing heavily, no moon, four inches of new snow on the ground and trees… can you get a photo? Well, worth a try!

At night in the snow

– Ambient light except for a ray from the yard light on the far right side of the tree

– Tripod, parka, umbrella, boots

– 1.6 second exposure

– f/3.5

– ISO6400


  1. Looks like sloppy wet snow.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — December 21, 2015 @ 11:41 pm

    • Actually, soft but not especially wet. It would pack well for building a snowman though! (Not tonight!)


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2015 @ 11:58 pm

  2. Looks perfectly lovely (and I feel much cooler already).
    The yard light was just perfect for this scene.


    Comment by Vicki — December 22, 2015 @ 12:38 am

    • Despite all of the snow, the temperature was just perfect! Cold enough to snow but not bitter cold: the air felt good. So far it is a lovely winter.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 12:48 am

  3. Wow, that’s beautiful! Well done!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 22, 2015 @ 1:34 am

  4. Wonderful winter / night photo. I love it. Merry Christmas.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 22, 2015 @ 3:14 am

  5. Experimentation is always fun. It worked well!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — December 22, 2015 @ 3:49 am

  6. That’s dedication! Beautiful scene.


    Comment by derrycats — December 22, 2015 @ 6:19 am

    • That’s one of my favorite trees. When we moved in here it was only about 6 ft tall and I decorated it for Christmas.

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      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

  7. Gorgeous photo, love the blue tones ….


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 22, 2015 @ 7:50 am

    • I was a little surprised that the camera saw the blue. I made a B&W conversion and that looks nice too.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:07 pm

  8. I think it IS possible! Beautiful, and thanks for the full equipment list there. (heehee) Merry Christmas to you and happy 2016; I look forward to more views of your part of the country. Thanks for sharing and taking me places I did not even know were on my bucket list!! hugs


    Comment by Beth — December 22, 2015 @ 9:38 am

    • I’m glad that you liked it! That made it worth the effort!
      Merry Christmas!


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

  9. I had to chuckle at your description above. This is pretty much what the light looks like here in MN during the early morning. And I notice I am almost routinely shooting at ISO 6400, which makes everything grainy. But I guess that’s winter for you. It certainly portrays the mood well — nice shot!


    Comment by Sue — December 22, 2015 @ 9:58 am

    • I used a little mirrorless camera that doesn’t have a viewer, just a screen, and it was so dark the screen showed nothing, so I took several shots blind.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

  10. That photo just oozes wonderment. Lovely, lovely, lovely. And well worth the trip out into the cold, snowy weather.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 22, 2015 @ 10:12 am

    • It was beautiful last night with the snow coming down. I spent about an hour just walking around: the trees (or what I could see of them) were just gorgeous, and it was so quiet I could hear the river.

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      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:12 pm

  11. I love the “equipment list.” I remember very well the day I knew I had to add boots to mine. With the full moon coming up on Christmas, I’ve been thinking I ought to try for some sort of photo. You’ve given me a starting point for settings — it’s going to be warm enough that spending some time should be enjoyable.


    Comment by shoreacres — December 22, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    • The moon is nearly full tonight, but I can catch only brief glimpses of it through the clouds. We are having intermittent snow showers tonight again. I just returned from driving some of the back roads and I left tracks where none were before. Very enjoyable!


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:15 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, Great shot! Love seeing pictures of snowy trees! It is 78 degrees this afternoon here in warm central Florida (likely unseasonably so). Have a great day and a fine one tomorrow, too! Enjoy your beautiful scenery (even if from your window).


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 22, 2015 @ 12:22 pm

    • There should be more snowy trees again in the morning. The snow is building up now and each day will add more. Santa will have no problem with his sleigh this year!
      Hope you have a great day too!


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

  13. Nice!!!!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 22, 2015 @ 5:10 pm

  14. Very nice, it doesn’t even look noisy with the 6400 ISO.


    Comment by Candace — December 23, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

  15. Beautiful, Terry…excellent photographic technique!


    Comment by seekraz — December 24, 2015 @ 7:25 am

    • Thanks Scott! I’ve been pushing my little camera to see what it can do.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

      • You’re welcome, Terry…you’re getting some nice results. 🙂


        Comment by seekraz — December 25, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

  16. Beautifu!!! Here in Virginia, It’s going to be 75 degrees on Christmas day.
    Truth is, we haven’t seen any snow here yet…..not even one snowflake.


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 24, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    • Thanks Mary. We’re a little cooler: 15 tonight and about 2 tomorrow and the snow is beautiful!


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

  17. Magical!


    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — December 28, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

    • I was glad that the photo came out so well. It was a beautiful night!


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

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