Ohio Winter Scene
Beaver Creek Wetland Nature Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio
While the location is tagged as Rotary Park, the official name for this area is the "Beaver Creek Wetland Nature Reserve." This area is a stones throw away from my house and was the sentimental location of many photo op's early on. The close proximity made it easily accessible by bike. Featured here is some varied hiking trails (albeit muddy most of the year) and an observation tower on one of the loop trails. Adjacent to the nature reserve is Philips Park and the newly added Dane Mutter Prairie. The reserve is also a prime hotspot during spring bird migration and is used for the annual Christmas Bird Count.
Photographing snow is tricky at first. You have to learn how to compensate for the cameras misunderstanding of the exposure reading. Naturally DSLR's will believe the whiteness is overexposed so if set to auto exposure will darken the color to a dull grey. By compensating for this you will have to overexpose by typically up to one stop. This particular photo was also bracketed to bring out more depth in the sky and for the snow.
I used to shrug off using a wide angle lens but now it is one of my most used in my kit. As long as every detail in the frame adds to the composition or story then you have a compelling photo at hand. I have walked by this spot dozens upon dozens of times before yet no matter how many times I return, I still find interesting subjects to capture. It pays off to revisit your habitats more than once and in all four seasons.
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