Shooting in the Snow
I traveled up to the Catskills last Friday in the snow to scout for an upcoming photo tour I am leading. It snowed the entire time to varying degrees. I made some hand-held snapshots of some of the places we will visit. Shooting some at locations I had visited before, it became apparent like never before, how much the quality of the light really does matter! When it’s cloudy the light becomes diffused and soft and when it snows it adds another (multi-layered) filter making the light extremely flat. In the case of snow you may think areas are blown out but often, that is not the case. The lack of detail is because the light is coming from all directions and there are almost no shadows or highlights. This is the kind of light downhill skiers in the Olympics had to contend with making it impossible to see the course terrain. We photographer’s are sometimes up against that flat light as well. The best thing to do is wait until it stops snowing or until the clouds break up. With that said, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do! Here are a few images of places that were shot while it was snowing.
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