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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

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The Blue Snow Problem

One of my 'anonymous commenters' (actually not anonymous really, as I know who he is, and appreciate his comments very much) mentioned that the snow was a bit blue in the Vista photo yesterday.

Well, actually, the whole photo was a bit blue. I decided to show you two possible ways of addressing this problem only using Lightroom.

The first photo I adjusted globally, making the whole photo more yellow, and more color corrected. This is a smaller version, but you can click on it to make it bigger.

You can see that the sky isn't as blue, nor is the lake or the mountains. Everything got a little bit yellower. In general, this is the way I color correct my images. I try to have them pretty close to color neutral. Now, the photo yesterday I didn't mind the blue look, as it made the photo seem a little colder, a feeling that I was going for.

The second option for getting rid of the blue snow was just to desaturate the snow. I did that with the adjustment brush in Lightroom, and you can see the effect in the image below. I was feeling lazy, so I only desaturated the snow in the foreground, but I think you can get the idea.

So, of the three versions of the image, which do you prefer? Or do you care? How important is color management to you? Sound off in the comments. I have an idea which one I like best, but I'd like to hear your reactions first.


  1. If I had to pick from these two it would probably be using the adjustment tool on the snow image....that's what I loved about the original one you posted, the deep blues!

  2. I don't like either of these, the blues in the snow and sky add to the photo the cold feeling of the day. I think you were right on.

  3. I like the original image as I think the blue in the water shows the best. In the top image the tree stands out too much, the shadows in the middle image just don`t look right.

  4. Thanks for the info. I am always fighting blue snow. Love the composition with the tree in the foreground and the lake setting in the back.

  5. I think the blue snow problem is more about white balance as much as it is about exposure. I usually adjust white balance to my liking, but I am really careful with what I do to snow, to make sure it is perfect white (as much as I can tell). Anyhow, I never was able to get rid of blue shadows. Is it time of the day I shoot?

  6. I do like the bottom picture the best. I don't like the photo where you applied a warming filter.

  7. Of the three, I like the middle one where only the snow only desaturated. The upper picture is too yellow. However, in the middle picture, although the snow is not blue any longer, it is still not brilliant white. Notice that even in the original image, the background snow is white, but the foreground is blue. In the middle image, the background snow is also white, but the foreground is more gray. This is especially evident in in the left hand corner where the white snow path almost runs into the foreground snow.



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