Saturday morning, we awakened to a world blanketed in a fresh layer of fluffy, white snow. This was our first substantial snowfall of the season so naturally the girls asked to play outside. There really wasn't time because we were supposed to be getting ready for a family Christmas party but whatever, I let them go. We actually couldn't leave when we wanted to because the streets weren't plowed. Everyone was waiting for it to turn to rain, apparently.
I went outside to take some photos. Naturally. I made a newbie mistake and didn't realize my shutter speed was too slow. In my defense, the snow was coming down hard and the LCD screen on my camera was all wet so I couldn't see what I had photographed until I went inside.
Snow photo tip: Bump up your shutter speed in order to keep the snowflakes from showing movement in your photos. The snow in the first photo below is moving because my shutter speed was too slow. The second photo is how I wanted the snow to appear - frozen in place. I've included the EXIF data so you can see the difference in my settings.
ISO 200, f/3.5, SS 1/125
ISO 400, f/3.5, SS 1/800 (I wasn't taking any chances.)