It’s unseasonably cold and snowy here in Maynooth at the moment. The snow has now been on the ground for days, and temperatures are staying below freezing day and night. I’m still sick so rather than enjoying this cold snap’s photographic opportunities I’m sitting at home grumbling about how awkward it makes everything, and praying that heating doesn’t break down again! Still – it did remind me to go have a look at some of my shots from the last unseasonable cold snap we had, in January this year. This is not the first shot from that cold snap to make it to this Photo of the Week series, but it’s definitely a worthy addition IMO.

This shot was taken in the grounds of Carton Estate on the outskirts of Maynooth. The mist that hung over the snow-covered landscape gave it a wonderful other-worldly feel. By shooting into the sun that feel was magnified even more. To get the detail out of this shot I first processed the RAW file in Aperture, and then round-tripped it through the Topaz Adjust plugin to really get it as close to what it felt like to be there as I could.

Snow in Carton
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  • Camera: Nikon D40
  • Lens: Nikon DX AFS 18-55mm (D40 kit lens)
  • Exposure: 1/320 sec
  • Focal Length: 22mm
  • Focal Ratio: f/8
  • ISO: 200
  • Camera Mode: Aperture Priority
  • Exposure Bias: 1.33ev
  • Processing: RAW initially processed with Aperture, tweaked using Topaz Adjust plugin