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Sculpted snowdrift formations and patterns - January 6, 2014

By DAN ROBINSON
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A busy work week has kept me from getting all of these finished earlier, but I've finally completed processing and posting all of the snow drifting formation images from this most recent storm (January 5-6). I like to shoot these in the late afternoon on a sunny day, about an hour before sunset. This provides nice contrasty shadows that really bring out the detail in the formations. These were all shot with the Canon 50mm F1.8 lens at F8, which I've found is the best for sharpness and detail on this subject.

It was below zero when I shot all of these. I've never spent that much time in that type of cold before. I could only stay outside for about a minute at a time, as my eyes would begin watering from the extreme cold and wind. It was worth it though! I was hoping for another clear day to shoot these before the snow melted, but I only got this one chance.

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On Friday, the big melt-off began with rain and thunderstorms moving across the metro. I went downtown for about an hour as thunderstorms approached, but saw no lightning. Here is a view of the Arch with a BNSF locomotive across the river from downtown as the rain moved in.

Our main snowpack is mostly gone, at least here at my apartment. The only snow that remains is in deep drifts, plowed snowbanks and shaded areas.

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