How I Made This Shot: Barn In Snow

by | Dec 8, 2020

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The earliest first snowfall in the Denver area is usually around the beginning of September while the average first real snowfall is typically mid-October. Daisy Hill is located outside Denver about 25 miles or so from the city. It sits at an elevation of 6,247-feet, above Denver’s famed 5,280-feet and it’s not uncommon that we get snow here while it’s raining in nearby Parker (at 5,869-feet) but this season we’ve only had some light snow, at least so far.

How I Made This shot: Whenever I get a new camera or one that I would be reviewing for Shutterbug’s website or this or our sister blog,, I like to test it by photographing a favorite location. Since moving to Daisy Hill almost ten years ago, I drive into Parker, Colorado and walk around O’Brien Park often photographing the gazebo there.

Previously I lived in a more rural area near Brighton, Colorado, which is located 20 miles or so north of Denver, and there was a farm that I went by on my daily walk. Over many years we lived there, I photographed the farm many times, including this snowy image that was shot using a four-megapixel (big for 2000?) Olympus E-10 DSLR. The camera was part of the company’s Four-thirds system, predecessor to today’s mirrorless Micro Four-thirds system. For my take on megapixels and camera systems, take a look at my post My Thoughts on Changing Camera Systems when you have time. The lens used was Oly’s awesome 9-18mm f/4-5.6 (at 9mm) with an exposure of 1/640 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 80. Image was first processed in Vivenza, then converted into (sorta) monochrome using Topaz B&W Effects.

Photographing barns, as regular readers of this blog may know, was part of an ongoing self-assignment but this was the one that I photographed the most over the years.

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