Monument Cove Blizzard

What do you do when the electricity goes out and there's a blizzard outside? Howie says, "Grab a camera and go out shooting!" and that's how my day went. Brenda's excuse for joining me, "It's warmer in the car than at home." So we drove around, in the 'last' blizzard of the season, searching for photo ops. I spent about 30 minutes at Monument Cove in Acadia National Park, it felt longer given the 27° F temperature, over 35 mph wind gusts and snow flying everywhere. Was it worth it, a resounding 'YES'. I'm pleased with the results. To learn how to create images like this, join one of our photo workshops in Acadia National Park.

Blizzard at Monument Cove, Acadia National Park, Maine

EXIF data: Nikon D800, 24-70mm @ 24mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 640, 2/26/14, 5:15 PM


Here are the post-processing steps. Starting with the RAW file.


In Nik Software applied: Pre-Sharpening and Define (due to higher ISO).


In Nik Software - Viveza:
  • On the wave: added slight amounts of Brightness, Contrast, Structure, Saturation, Warmth, and Green
  • On the monument wall: added slight amounts of Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Warmth, and Red


In Nik Software - Color Efex Pro, applied the Tonal Contrast and Skylight Filter.


Finally, in Nik Software applied Post-Sharpener and in Lightroom added a vignette.