I went against my education here, and just killed all the detail in the shadows in Photoshop. It's not "right" technically, but it made the pictures more interesting, to me.
I quite like these now, actually. As straight photos, they were quite boring. Perhaps I have something to learn about going past Correct Technique.
And here are some you might call the "opposite":
These look interesting on a white background, so most of the edge disappears.
(Canon 5D2, 24mm F:1.4, set at 8.0 and ISO 640. Though these pretty much could be taken with any camera. At least until/if they are printed big.)
I've taken many photos of the snow in the past couple weeks, find them on my blog.