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Snowflake | A mini tutorial

Today is yet another snow day at the Ritchie house.  Because of that this will be brief, ha!   Lots of friends on Facebook have asked how I captured my snowflake shots so I thought I would share with you all!  These were all shot with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L.  Amazing lens – and I bought mine used so if you can’t afford the hefty price tag that is always an option!

One of my very favorites…


Here is the set up.  I am using three pieces of my munchkins’ crafting felt to “catch” the flakes.

I have them laying on our porch where the flakes aren’t falling heavily, but clearly lots are still circulating.

Occasionally I pick them up and shake them off so that I can get shots with only one or two flakes.

Camera settings varied a bit, but were around ISO 2500, f/4.0-6.3, SS no slower than 1/125 sec


Next is post processing which is very important for these particular shots.

Here you can see the transformation from start to finish.  The first is fine, but the flake needs to be showcased

and cropping combined with cloning out some of the other flakes does the trick.





Having this little buddy jumping around in the snow next to me definitely helped to get these shots 😉


Hope this helps a bit!  Enjoy the snow!!  Now off to enjoy some time with my little snow creatures….


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