White Christmas


Nah... it didn't snow here. But I found the next best thing -- a great product called Soft Snow, made by the Putnam Company in Walworth, Wisconsin. Leave it to the folks in Wisconsin to manufacture very believable fake snowflakes!

I'm not sure what Soft Snow is made from, but these "loose synthetic flakes" (as it says on the package) are wonderful for creating an instant winter wonderland. :)

Thanks to my little elf Jenn for putting up with gallons of phony snow in her hair, eyes, mouth, shirt, coat, shoes, pockets...

Happy Christmas, everyone!

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at f/1.2, 1/500s, ISO 250. Basic curves adjustment for contrast and saturation; color balancing for tone.

Thanks for visiting Durham Township!



Very nice. Merry Xmas.

Posted by Cousin Mike on December 25, 2006 1:22 AM

Simply Beautiful.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Michael on December 25, 2006 2:32 AM

A snow queen!! I just love this shot - great composition and with the soft focus on the snow I can actually 'feel' the snow being blown my way. Excellent results proving the fake snowflakes to be a choice idea

Posted by Suzette on December 25, 2006 6:14 AM

Really impressive shot and dof, actually you fooled me with that fake snow :) I like your blog and I'm have my eye on it all the time... good work Kathleen ;)

Posted by chemic on December 25, 2006 7:54 AM

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

I think I saw this stuff in a store last week and it definitely looked very convincing.

Perfect photo for today!

Posted by Laurie on December 25, 2006 8:50 AM

Lol, great image! I laugh because we are 'Christmasing' in your neck of the woods and I thought, 'there is no way they have snow!' Sure enough you have a great twist on the theme, nicely done, merry Christmas!

Posted by Dave on December 25, 2006 9:12 AM

Merry Christmas Kathleen!

Posted by Angry Buddha on December 25, 2006 11:36 AM

Kathleen, I have enjoyed so many of your photos this year. For your talent, I am truly thankful! Happy Holidays, the Merriest Christmas and a blessed New Year from pixels.in.my.head blog!

Posted by pixels.in.my.head on December 25, 2006 12:40 PM

Brilliant action shot. Happy Christmas.

Posted by Ben on December 25, 2006 1:02 PM

Merry Christmas!

Posted by miklos on December 25, 2006 1:43 PM

Really heightens my Christmas spirits :)

Merry Christmas everyone!

Posted by Jenn on December 25, 2006 1:46 PM

Beautiful shot, beautiful girl.
Merry Christmas everyone!

uncle yosh

Posted by on December 25, 2006 3:19 PM

Merry Christmas.

Katheleen you´re the one.

Thanks for all your photos.

Posted by Victor on December 25, 2006 8:03 PM

Now there's a photo I can enjoy! Well done.

Merry Christmas to you and your family...

And to all of Durham Township!

Posted by rick smith on December 26, 2006 12:12 AM

i love this shot!

Posted by Kris [PiXistenZ] on December 26, 2006 11:35 AM

Beautiful, the girl and the shot!

Posted by Motina on December 26, 2006 12:26 PM

Great balance! Christmas delight! Love the pose/poise and the expression in Jenn's eyes.

Your cropping is excellent as always.

Thank you Jenn, thank you Kathleen!

and Merry Christmas to you and all your models and your clouds and fields and tractors and combines and steel mills and crayon factories and fake snow and your puddles and...........

Posted by David Tinnon on December 26, 2006 4:43 PM

Merry Christmas. Bon Nadal.

Posted by Jordi Bertran - Tree Landscape on December 26, 2006 4:50 PM

great effect and you really had me fooled!
love the bokeh, wish the left side of the face was in focus too tho ;)
happy festivities

Posted by JD on December 26, 2006 7:44 PM

Wow this is such a wonderful picture. The snow looks cold, but her face looks so warm. Excellent, excellent photo...one of my favorites

Posted by Steve on December 26, 2006 8:48 PM

Hi Kathleen, warmest wishes to you and all your readers :-)

Cheers from a warm, but wet, Darwin Australia.

Posted by Ian on December 27, 2006 12:37 AM

Kathleen - I'm a bit late, but Merry Xmas. This is a great shot. Great timing, and that lens seems terrific. I managed to afford the 5D - can't stretch to that lens yet though...

Posted by Simon C on December 27, 2006 7:38 AM

Great shot. Best shot I,ve seen for this christmas. Thanks for your great images.

Posted by Istvan on December 27, 2006 10:18 AM

very creative work and i really like the focus. walworth county is about 20 min from where i am. there are many industries there considering it is a fairly small area! happy holidays :)

Posted by armeen on December 27, 2006 8:55 PM

Very appropriately titled action shot!

Posted by Abhijit.D on December 29, 2006 4:21 AM

love it...

Posted by Rui on December 30, 2006 8:12 PM

I would consider selling this photo to a stock agency, it is truly a wonderful shot.

Posted by s.a. on February 18, 2007 11:11 PM
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