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Three Things to Know About Shooting in the Snow

Evening Light Snowstorm

Last week, in my previous post, I mentioned that spring is just around the corner.  I’m now ready to officially retract that statement.  After several days of more or less continuous snow following that post, which had finally mostly melted away as of yesterday, it’s snowing again here in northern Colorado.  My current estimate is that summer will arrive in about the middle of June.

Fortunately, it’s been remarked that bad weather equals good photography, and snow definitely qualifies.  I’ve been making a mini-project of practicing my winter weather photography skills.  Here are three things I’ve learned over the course of the last week about shooting in the snow:

  1. Wear warm gloves.
  2. Wear warm gloves.
  3. Good gosh almighty, wear warm gloves.

Selecting a good pair of gloves for photography has been surprisingly difficult.  If they’re light enough to work the camera, they’re generally too cold.  If they’re thick enough to stay warm, they’re too clumsy to handle the camera.  The one pair I own that seem both warm enough and light enough is made of fibers that seem to come off on the camera and lens when I handle them.  If anyone knows of gloves that stay warm, are easy to work with, and won’t shed any material, I would love to hear it.

In the meantime, here is “Evening Light Snowstorm,” taken by the side of Highway 257 in Weld County, Colorado, as the snow was falling and the light was fading at the end of the day.

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