We are entering the grossest season of the year here in Fairbanks. The snow is melting and what is left is no longer pristine and white. It’s rather dirty and often filled with garbage, especially beside the road. Getting outside seems to be more difficult. The air temperature is unpredictable. I was surprised to walk outside a few days ago to find it to be 12° F after it had been about 50° F the day before. Hiking is muddy with occasional deep post-holing through the remaining snow. Everything is brown. We are still about a month away from the trees turning green around town. The melt came very early this spring. At least out in the forest though you can find little pockets of green moss, especially around the base of spruce trees like little islands of spring.

Technical notes

Shooting in a middle focal length with this lens helps reduce aberrations and distortion in the corners. We were just wandering around the woods for a while, so I set the ISO slightly higher than normal and set the aperture just slightly higher than wide open. That way, while shooting in aperture priority mode I didn’t run into issues with the shutter speed becoming too slow in darker areas.

Little islands of moss covered forest floor appear in the snow. Spring in Fairbanks, Alaska.

“Spring is Here” – Photo of the week ending March 31, 2019

Nikon D7100
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Lens for Nikon
Focal Length:  24 mm
ISO:           400
Aperture:      f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec



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