Anyway! It's snowing here in Chicago. Not 'it snowed'. It is currently snowing. It has been all day. We've got about six inches and it's still coming down with serious intent.
So what do I do? Stay home and bury myself in my blankets and play with the ferrets? No. I unbury the car and drive out the Magic Hedge to do some winter shooting.
You know what? Shooting in the snow is *hard*. Shooting the snow is *hard*. You're talking blinding white snow on everything, which means it's really, really easy to get purple fringing in almost every shot. But wow, it sure is pretty.
When I went out, I had this grand plan to make a weather-proofing for my camera. I took a large freezer bag, put the camera in it, sealed the zipper thing around the lens and then put a rubber band around it to make sure it stayed secure to the lens. I had to rip a small hole in the back so I could see through the viewfinder, since everything was fuzzy when I tried to look through the plastic.
This actually worked pretty well until I saw some squirrels playing in the snow and I decided that I wanted to be able to switch between auto-focus and manual and macro and er... not... faster than I could do through both my gloves and the bag. So the bag lost. By that point though the camera had been outside long enough that the housing was close to the air temperature and the snow wasn't melting on contact, it was more or less just falling off.
The flip-side to that was that it is true that cold weather really does sap the life out of your battery pretty quick.
Anyway, it was gorgeous out there and I took a few hundred shots.
|Winter's Top Coat|
This shot is crazy busy, but I just love the play of white and dark with the snow on top of the dark branches.
|Snowfall in Progress|
This one is worth blowing up to full size. (Unfortunately I can't upload the 4MB *full* size picture.) I actually captured the falling snow. It looks really, really cool.
|Stripped in the Snow|
|Who Was Out Here?|
I only saw two other people in the hour and a half I was out there and neither of them were in this part of the sanctuary. So the question is, who was there leaving a question mark of footprints before me?
There were critters afoot! Many more than I expected to see on a 25 degree day in January, in Chicago, while it was snowing at roughly one inch an hour. They'll be in the next post. In the meantime, anyone have tips for camera-care or getting great shots in the cold and the snow?