So I packed my camera bag before I went to bed – and then thanks to a friend posting on Facebook that there is a ring around the moon… I used it last thing to capture a circle of refracted light, and to read that it meant snow was coming soon… highly unlikely as we rarely get snow….
And then I woke up this morning to a sprinkling of snow…. I was only hand holding and it was almost predawn with the grey sky acting as a giant white box… giving the snow a blue tinge – I was glad I had packed my colour balance cards so I could adjust the neutrals on returning home. There was not a huge amount of snow – more of a dusting…. so trying to capture the essence of the morning was hard – wide shots, were too dark and cluttered – too contrasty almost and just did not hold my interest.
Close ups were more fun, looking at the snow in detail – but the high ISO, shallow depth of field that I choose to keep the camera speed high as I was hand holding the camera with a Border Collie in tow whom had never seen snow before … detract from the image … although I particularly like the gorse flowers in the snow.
This is a stile, I climb over it every morning on my walk – this morning so one had climbed it before me… the snow was perfect resting on top…. like a fine dusting of icing sugar on a cake …
The lane on the way home – turned to monochrome to emphasis the contrast in colours … it needs a person init that to give a sense of scale and perspective … ideal stood at the end just before the house as then you will lead into the picture and stay there… I feel my eye is just left wondering around!
And finally for fun…. as I came in the gate at home one of my teens had built this mini-snowman…. photography is all about the fun!