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: