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I'm from the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. I was a woodworker for about 12 years. Well, up until I had the rug pulled out from under my feet, and I was laid off. I got back into photography in 2008 and decided to give that a try professionally, but haven't made any money so far because rednecks, white trash, and hicks are cheap. So, I'm working in a local grocery store where some days I hear and see the craziest stuff. I tend to complain a lot about things, but I'm too poor to afford a good therapist. So, I decided to make a blog and complain online to all of you instead. But I digress. I really just wanted to do the blog to share ideas and stories with the interwebz. =D
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Days!!!

First of all, I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I know I did. Second, we got a new griddle, but I didn't make French toast over the weekend when it snowed. (If that doesn't make any sense, then you need to go back and read here.)

There’s been a couple of times thus far this season where we’ve had the threat of wintry weather. Earlier last week , we all watched in childlike anticipation as the forecast called for a chance of snow on Christmas. A couple of days into the week, the chances grew even higher that we here at my house would see our first white Christmas ever. As the week progressed, the chances fell a little, but our hopes were still high that it would snow. Like many people in North Georgia and upstate South Carolina, we kept one ear on the the weather radio, and an eye to the sky as it began to rain later in the day. By nightfall, the snow had moved in. By supper it was full blown snowing at our house.

A couple of days before Christmas, it was rather warm compared to more recent previous days. In fact, I rode home from my mom’s house the other night with the window down. I discovered that I had left it down while we were outside playing in the snow on Sunday morning. (I am an idiot. This much I know for certain.)

The clouds broke Sunday afternoon to reveal some nice scenes in the neighborhood. I went out with my Nikon and tripod to take in a few landscapes. I wound up shooting well into Monday morning!

Since the moon was to be about half, I thought I’d try some night photos with the snow in them. It's been a while since I've done any night photos, and I've always had problems before, but this one seemed to come out pretty decent to me:

Not to shabby, eh?

If you're interested in learning how to make these star ring photos, or night photography in general, I'll be teaching what I know in a little mini workshop sometime in January. Stay tuned and I'll pass more details here and on Twitter as I figure out the when, where, what time, and all.

The good news is that the majority of the moisture on the roads in my area dried up before the temperatures fell below the freezing mark. Some thawing during the day has re-wet the roads, so be careful if you're out and about after dark today.

My wife says that there’s an old saying that if the snow stays on the ground for three days, that it will snow again soon. As long as the electricity stays on, I’m fine with that. =D



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