An Icy Morning

An icy walk
Panasonic Lumix G7 with 14-42 mm lens • 25 mm • ISO 200 • ƒ/7.1 • 1/500 sec

This week the Philly area experienced a break from its month-long cold streak, but not before Winter had one last gift to give the region. On Tuesday that gift arrived in the form of an ice storm. It’s wasn’t major, but problematic enough to cause a good number of early closures and late openings across the area. It also gave me an opportunity to take my photos for the day the next morning.

The frozen rain created wonderful sheen across the snow which remained from our last storm, reflecting the light of the morning Sun, and I fetched my camera to capture this impressive sight. Turning up toward the main street in town, I flipped out my G7’s screen and tilted it up so I could lower the body and capture an extreme low angle, marking the first time I used this feature 1. I was impressed with the results I got, but the cheap UV filter which came in my bundle is prone to some ugly green flares when pointed toward a strong light source 2, and this shot was no exception.

A couple of weeks ago, however, I purchased Affinity Photo for my iPad. This amazing app comes with a number of tutorials, one of which explains how to remove lens flares! So I opened up my beautiful, but blemished, image in Affinity Photo and followed the instructions given in the tutorial. No more lens flare 3!

 


  1. With which I have now fallen in love. 
  2. Even candles can cause them. 
  3. I do need to find a way to pick up some better UV filters, I like to keep them on to protect my lenses. 

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