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“Falling” (Ice Crystals on Window) Nikon D300, VR 105mm F/2.8G, F/4, 1/250s, -0.3EV, ISO 640, Nik Color Efex Pro ‘Bicolor 2’ Filter

What do you do when the outside temperature is 9 degrees F with a windchill factor of -4 degrees F? (Yikes, now that’s cold!)

Well, what I do (still dressed in my striped pajamas, I might add 😉 ) is start shooting the ice crystals that have formed on the window panes. 

The trick to successfully capturing that feeling of utter cold is to change your camera’s white balance setting to incandescent (this will add a blue hue to the entire image). In post, I pushed the frosty mood further with the addition of a cool-toned bi-color filter. 

Brrrrrr… if you need me, I’ll be tucked under the warm covers! 🙂

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"Blue Fairies" (Ice Crystals on Window) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, Manual Settings: F/13, 1/30s, ISO 400, Incandescent WB

“Blue Fairies” (Ice Crystals on Window) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, Manual Settings: F/13, 1/30s, ISO 400, Incandescent WB


 
A line of snow squalls blasted through our area last night bringing arctic chilling winds and plummeting temperatures.

Yikes!

I woke up this morning to more ice crystals on the storm windows and, with absolutely no desire to venture out into the bitter cold, looked to them for today’s inspiration.

One particular section seemed to have a fanciful quality about it. Or, is it just my sub-conscious mind reminding me that by this time next week, I will be experiencing a little pixie dust myself? 🙂

"Cold as Ice" (Ice Crystals on Window) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/8, 1/200s, ISO 400

White Balance, that is.

It is so cold outside that sheets of ice crystals are forming on our windows! 

The patterns are pretty darn cool, especially when backlit by the sun, however, when photographed using Auto or even a Daylight white balance setting, all sense of  coolness is completely lost.

Hmmmm, what to do?

No worries grasshopper… this one is easy. 🙂  

Switch to Incandescent white balance and boom!

Instant feeling of brrrrrr.

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