Painting with Snow. Brock Bottom, Brock Valley, Bowland, Lancashire, UK
"Painting with Snow" is Glenn's Award winning image in the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2012. Botanical Realms.
Image was taken at the beginning of a recent big freeze. Valleys, and ravines can have their own Micro climates. I was looking to photography deer along the riverside when the sky grew dark very quickly and it began to snow. For me snow is a novelty, and up to this point in life had not come across any meaningful snow. The site captivated me, and the airy feeling of being alone, and not seeing far ahead gripped me in awe, the surreal quietness. The ever so slight noise of whispering snow. Looking into the viewfinder, I forgot about being a photographer, and wanted to paint the scene before me. My camera became a paint brush. I wanted to compress as much snow as I could, to capture the amount of snow falling, and the Oak tree (Quercus robur) just summed up the feelings I had. Some of the snow needed to blur to give the motion, and some static to give a hint to the fact it is snow. The lighting was fantastic, with the help of the steep sides of the ravine, it helped to slow the snow into a concentrated sheet it seemed. In manual focus I wanted a good depth of field to keep as much of the tree in focus with the snow as well as precisely choose my focal point to capture blurring snow as well as rendering some snow static. Once the frame was composed locked down the Ball Head, engaged Mirror lock up, pressed shutter release on the cable remote.
Applications used, Aperture and Photoshop. Equipment:
Canon 1DMKIIn ISO400, Shutter 1/80
500mm f4.0 IS L (Set at f11)
Gitzo Tripod, Wimberley Sidekick, with RRS BH55 Ball Head, Lexar Digital Media Card. Canon TC-80N3 Remote Shutter release.