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Thanksgiving Blizzard vs. White Christmas

posted by Tim Nafziger on 12/25/11 at 12:16 AM

Merry Christmas to you all! It doesn't look like I'll be seeing a white one this year, but I do have some photos from the mini-blizzard in Goshen, Indiana a few days after Thanksgiving.


This is looking down the road by my parent's house as the storm got under way


The was a wet heavy one that laid thickly on everything it touched, including bright red berries


The snow came down heavy all through the night on Tuesday evening, but by next morning dawned bright and sunny and everything was blanketed in white. This photo is the first of a number in this series in which I experimented with High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, in which I used software to combine three different images of the same scene with different exposure levels. This photo is the most garish of the experiments. DSC_0400_1_2_tonemapped

This is my parent's house with the rising sun just beginning to hit the trees above it.


In a normal digital photo of this seen, you could either have the size bright blue and the ground too dark to see or the landscape intelligible and the sky whited out. HDR technique brings both together in the same image.


Here I've used HDR much more subtly to capture the trees directly above the house's chimney.


Here is another more subtle HDR shot of the house.

Winterscapes from last season

If all these photos seem a little too non-traditional to you, here are some photos I took last March and April during a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to visit the Anishnabe people of Grassy Narrows, Ontario. They aren't HDR. Most of the photos below (aside from the docks) are from the road between Kenora and Grassy. The hospitality and testimony of the people of Grassy was incredible as I wrote about last spring. The land they are so deeply connected to speaks for itself: DSC_0059 View from the road to Grassy Narrows DSC_0150 Lake of the Woods shore line DSC_0138 View from the road to Grassy Narrows

Nafziger_tim_2_thumbnail Tim Nafziger is passionate about gathering people with shared values to work together for change in our communities and our world. One such space is Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) where he works as interim assistant director. Tim lives with his wife Charletta in the Ojai Valley in southern California where they connect with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministires. Tim has written chapters in Widening the Circle: Experiments in Christian Discipleship; Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change; and 118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams Held Hostage in Iraq. His photo portfolio is at You can follow Tim on Twitter at @tim_nafziger

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