A snowy day is easy to fake

It is Friday and Fridays are for fun. I got a catalog in the mail the other day that featured winter outwear. The cover was a picture of a bunch of people smiling and hanging out in a raging blizzard.

The people in the picture looked so relaxed and happy. No one looked stiff and there were no red faces or noses. Here in Minnesota, we know what cold and snow feel like. It is almost impossible to pose for a photo in a snowstorm without wincing or squinting.

It was obvious to me as a true Minnesotan that the snow storm in the picture was faked.

As someone who has taken pictures while it is snowing, I can tell you it isn’t easy. Snowflakes fall on lenses and get cameras all wet and if it is snowing hard enough it is hard to focus.

It tends to be kind of dark and dreary outside while it is snowing. Snow tricks camera sensors so that pictures can end up underexposed which makes them look even more dreary.

I thought I would take one of my pictures and see if I could fake a snow storm. It seems like more fun than actually going out in a snowstorm. The picture was taken on a warm evening a few weeks ago. I used photoshop and faked the snow.

I made the snowflakes in a few sizes and shapes and blurred some of them. I put a little glow on few too but need to work on my glow and maybe add some sparkle. It wouldn’t be hard to make the fake snow swirl or come down at an angle as if there is a brisk wind.

The picture below was easier than going out in a snowstorm and taking a picture. It wouldn’t be hard to put a few piles of snow on the ground either but it is even easier to just wait a couple of weeks and let mother nature do that for me.

7th place in the snow
7th place – downtown St. Paul