Yesterday I decided to bring my Canon 50D with me, as I headed towards a nearby local park. It was cold, and I mean cold, with the temperature hovering at 18°F. I had so many clothes on I could barely get behind my steering wheel of my car in order to drive. But I managed, determination kicked in high gear. Picture the Pillsbury Dough Boy. That would, um be me. LOL
I couldn’t decide where to go in this park, so I chose one place that has hills and woods. Equipment on both shoulders, camera bag and tripod, I tramped through the snow, up and down hills, huffing and puffing, muttering under my breath, “I must be nuts for doing this!” when I finally decided enough, I am going elsewhere. Heading back to my car, gasping for breath, loaded down with equipment, I was never so happy to see my car.
Now where to? I just knew something wanted to be photographed so I headed towards one of my favorite places in this park. I parked, got out, and the going was much easier. I had planned on using my tripod with my 17-55mm lens, but that didn’t pan out. As I am walking nothing jumped out at me that begged to be shot. DARN!
I then began to look closer at what was around me and decided to shoot macro. This meant I had to change the lens on my camera to my macro lens, which meant one false move on my part, either camera or lens would end up in snow. Not good. So, I tied my camera bag onto a branch, and very carefully, and I mean carefully, changed lenses, moving deliberately slow with every movement calculated. When I finally was finished, I let out the breath that I was holding.
I didn’t even really know if any of my shots were that good due to the face mask that I was wearing fogged up my glasses. You know, the glasses I needed to see my LCD screen with. I finally just yanked that face mask down and said heck with this I need to SEE! That did help some, but still those glasses occasionally fogged up.
When I got that drama behind me (no longer struggling with fogged glasses) I began to really concentrate and get into the mood of what was around me. I began to see shapes and snow and weeds and branches that just shouted ME ME ME, shoot me! Yep, a-ha, that’s right, magic happened again!
All images below are shot hand-held, in manual focus. Don’t ask me how I did it. I am shaking my head as I write this. Shots 5 and 6 were exceptionally difficult to shoot because of the breeze that kept blowing what I was attempting to shoot. That and the fact I was kneeling in snow in order to get these shots. I was so focused I didn’t even realize my exposed fingers were cold until after I was finished with the last shot, about 45 minutes later.
Now for the good stuff.
Please do enjoy!!! Some of these images are otherworldly, and all I can say is, my Dad really is starting on the job in a BIG way! These images are just gorgeous!! Thanks, Dad!
Photography “Snow Macro” 2015©AmyRose