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the blue light on the hotel baxter sign on bozeman's main street knows when its snowing at bridger bowl

Flashing Blue Light on the Baxter

Posted on | Shot on at 17:00:00

On the top of the Baxter Hotel in downtown Bozeman is a blue light that flashes whenever it’s snowing at Bridger Bowl, the local’s ski area. It was going to town last evening as it had been snowing all day long.

Initially the blurryness of this image confounded me. When I zoomed in and checked it is pretty sharp. After looking at the area around the light I believe that the cause is two-fold: 1) the ISO1600 setting on the Canon Rebel XTi creates fairly blotchy images, 2) the falling snow is blurring the image. I didn’t realize number 2 until I loaded in some images I had taken earlier in the evening before the sun had set. You could just makeout the sign through the falling snow. What I think is going on here is that the snow is falling just as densely as it was earlier in the evening although you can’t tell because of the darkness.

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5 Comments
  • i guess seeing that blue light is like a green light for skiers.. the slopes are good to go.. :D

  • cool pic!
    thnks for your nice words!
    i’m thinking about changing my gear to rangefinder cause it miss me something…

  • i like this a lot.

    and find the same – our snow is often very fine – like dust – falling snow often doesn’t even show up in my images but it does create a blurring effect.

  • yup that’s a snow sky for sure. great true color.

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  • Shutter speed: 3 sec
  • Focal length: 110 mm
  • Aperture: f/5.6

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