Well, he was. It was a beautiful day, new snow, J was so excited and i wanted to capture the moment.
I captured his expression of excitement and wonder, but in the original shot (below) there was almost no snow falling...
So today, I will add it using Photoshop Elements... (clearly, i am not a "Photo Purist")
Here is the original. Literally, there was one single flake in the foreground. Not exactly the right amount to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it was, indeed, the snow that J was happy about.
(I am using PSE 12 here)
Make sure you are in 'expert' mode, and have the 'layers' palette selected.
Now, create a new layer by checking the white box in the upper left of the Layers palette.
Select the new layer and draw a circle shape.
Once your circle is created, select Edit > Fill Layer and fill the circle with 100% white.
For me, white happens to be the background color, so i select 'Background Color.'
(Looking in the lower left, you can see that red is the front color, white is the back. Hence, foreground/background.)
Using copy/paste, or 'duplicate layer' from the layer options, create a bunch of white circles. Make some larger, some smaller, and position them randomly.
Once you have a slew of circles, hold the shift key and select each layer that has a circle. Then, right click and scroll down to merge. This creates one layer of circles
Now you want to change the opacity. You can mess with this later on as well, but i just do it up front and then fine tune.
Select the layer, and click 'opacity' in the upper right of the Layers palette. I chose 70% to start.
There are 2 blur steps. First, with your layer selected, choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. This filter allows you to select to what extent you blur the circles. (I applied a fair amount to mine... 250-ish)
Next, choose Filter > Blur > Motion. You can see in the one real flake, that there is downward movement, so we want to recreate that action.
Motion blur lets you choose the angle and agree of motion you want to see. In my case, i have a point of reference with the real flake. But you can choose any angle that looks good.
Note: if you don't apply the Gaussian blur first, you will notice that the motion blur gives you a weird pattern.
Once i had some nice looking snow, i duplicated the snow layer a few times and adjusted each differently, such as moving it around, applying different opacity and flipping it 180 to give me a variety in the snow patterns.
Once you select the right amount of snow, you are done.
Select Layer > Flatten Image and then you can save.
Now, i just need to delete the Calvin Klein tag on the scarf. Ah, my work is never done.