Friday, September 10, 2010

Snow on the Riviera

This is the French Riviera (close to Grasse), with a quite different look from what you might expect under normal circumstances. Snow is very rare here, and it will snow about once a year or every other year, and then it doesn't last. This is from last winter, when a snowstorm caught the entire region in one afternoon. Close to the sea it was gone in one night, but here it lasted almost 3 days before being completely gone. This is on the evening after the snowfall.

Obviously, for those living in areas where snow is common, this is just a very small amount of snow. But, considering where this picture was taken, this is an incredible amount of snow, that caused traffic chaos, sent people home from work in the middle of the day, and had people talking for weeks. Quite an event.

I like the sunset in the background, and the detail of the clothes "drying" outside the house. Those are the reasons for selecting this picture among the whole series. However the halo on the left tree bothers me; if I had been processing this picture now I wouldn't let this happen. You learn all the time.

This is a 3-exposure HDR, spaced by 1.5 stops, taken with my Pentax K20D and a 16-50mm f/2.8 lens, at 39mm, f/4.

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