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Albany Snow Dec. 2016 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 24 Album Created: 15 Dec 2016 Last Updated: 17 Dec 2016
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On Wednesday 14 December 2016, a wintery mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow hit Oregon’s Willamette Valley. At the north end of the Valley some called it Portland Snowpocalypse 2016. Down where I live in Albany, 75 miles south, things were pretty icy as well.

The next morning, I put chains on my boots, bundled up, shouldered my photo back­pack, and headed out into the frozen neigh­bor­hood to see what would catch my pho­to­graph­ic eye.

During my 100-minute, 1.6-mile outing, I ended up finding quite a bit to see, ad­mire and photograph — especially close-​up details. I took a total of 53 pictures: 41 with my Olympus 60mm macro lens, and 12 with my usual Panasonic 12-​35mm zoom lens. The best 24 can be found in this album.

Almost everything I saw was encased in a shell of ice — leaves, flowers, pine cones, branches, sidewalks, traffic signs, mail­boxes, and more. I found this par­tic­u­lar­ly fascinating to examine and pho­to­graph.

There wasn’t much light that morn­ing — 33 of the photos were taken with an ISO set­ting of 1600, while 9 were at higher 3200 and 6400 settings. Eleven were at ISO settings between 200 and 800. As I have experienced many times, my Olym­pus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera does really well at these higher ISO set­tings, which makes me very happy.

For more winter photography from the neighborhood, be sure to browse these albums from past years:
  • Albany Snow Feb. 2011
  • Albany Snow Mar. 2012
  • Albany Snow Feb. 2014
  • For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Ice and Snow in the Neigh­bor­hood.
    The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
    To begin viewing the photos, you can browse the album — or view the contact sheet.