Swan Lake: Photography Tricks

Lyn Worthen, Senior Editor

Spring may be on its way, but I’m still scraping ice off my windshield far too often to fully believe it. The other day, I got to my car to discover that not only had the evening fog frozen on the glass, but it had formed some amazing patterns – I can only speculate, but it must have been the winter fairies dancing while I was at work. Of course, I whipped out my camera.

The streetlight overhead was a little too bright, but you can still see the swirls in the frost.

Front Window: Mode: Auto | F-stop f/2.8 | Exposure: 1/60 sec. | ISO: 100

The back window proved to be more easily photographed. Since I didn’t have a tripod, I decided against increasing the camera’s exposure – even a little jiggle would blur the delicate frost pattern. Instead, I used the flash, which seemed to balance out the brightness of the streetlight and provide just the right amount of light:

Rear Window

Rear Window

I’m toying with the idea of modifying these images into a background for a wintery layout. But until I do, I’ll probably just continue to imagine a troupe of tiny, white-clad fairies dancing across my window in their own version of Swan Lake, leaving behind these glittery trails on the glass.

Rear Left Window

Happy dancing!

Lyn Worthen, Sr. Editor

 

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5 Responses to Swan Lake: Photography Tricks

  1. Brenda B. says:

    Thank you for sharing these photos. It brings back glorious members of wonderful winters in the NE USA. I remember being so intrigued with these designs as a child. I love that you captured the images in photos and plan to use them for a project. What a delightful idea.

  2. Lin M. says:

    Isn’t mother nature just the most amazing artist? Thank you for capturing and sharing this. I really like how you found the beauty in this situation.

  3. Kim says:

    BEAUTIFUL!!

  4. Jennifer C. says:

    They are beautiful! I can totally see those fairies!

  5. chark says:

    so pretty!

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