02.19.2021 Ice and snow over Dean Brook.

For a change this season I was actually able to get out while the snow was coming down.  Most times so far this winter it has fallen overnight when I had to get up, clean the yard and go to work.  Or it has fallen while I was working and daylight had faded by the time I got home, cleaned the yard, and thought about getting out.  Lots of excuses for not making art.  But we had an all day snow event today and it was gentle enough so I could be in it for a few hours.  What is nice about that, as you might guess, is the snow stays pristine for a while with little or no debris falling from the trees.  Lots of fun.

I feel a little guilty exulting in our weather since much of it is the remnants of what has been making life miserable for so many to our south and west, especially our friends in Texas. I’ve read that conditions are improving but things are still difficult there.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 02.19.2021 Ice and snow over Dean Brook.

  1. The early part of the week was rough, which means no electricity and therefore no indoor heat. We’ve had the power back on for two days—hooray!— but now there’s a boil-water alert because of the freeze-broken water mains.

    On the positive side, I got to play (photographically) with ice and snow, including when snow was falling. Do you have a magic trick for keeping snowflakes off the front of your lens?

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    • I am glad that you at least have your power back. It is a lot easier to boil water that way..and take a hot shower…and cook food. Did you see the idea I shared on your Facebook post? I guess that works but haven’t needed to try it. I hope all the windmills got thawed out.

      As to your answer, yes. It is called lens hoods. When I need to adjust the polarizer I cover the lens with something while the hood is off and then replace it. Of course, that doesn’t work if aiming upwards but I generally don’t do that in such weather. It’s nice that you got to experience winter photography. Too bad I can’t experience winter wildflower photography.

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      • I used a lens hood but sometimes snowflakes came in from the front anyhow. I at least had the foresight to bring a lens cleaning cloth along in my pocket. (I left my camera bag home because it would’ve been too cumbersome to lug around; I had enough to do just getting a good footing on ice).

        At the moment winter wildflower photography here is in abeyance. We’ll see how quickly the wildflowers bounce back.

        I haven’t looked at Facebook in several days. I’ll check it out later and look for your comment.


      • I learned about these from Nick Page, a YouTube photographer, when he was at a wild ocean shoot in Oregon. Gentle and absorbent.


      • Thanks for the recommendation.

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      • krikitarts says:

        I’ve played with the same challenge in Nebraska and Minnesota. It’s pretty easy to extend the cone of a lens hood to make it much more effective when the snow is falling. While I was in practice I had an ample supply of x-ray film, which fit the bill perfectly–but I’m afraid most vet clinics have gone digital by now. Still, many a cheap table-setting placemat or even–temporarily, of course–piece of thin cardboard could suit the purpose.

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      • I generally use my hand, the one not holding the cable release, to add some extension. In dry weather warm weather I’ll use my baseball cap to add protection to the front element against sun flare. On all but one of my lenses, the 16-35, the hoods are fairly deep so generally do fine without my help.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    One should never feel guilty about praising and showing nature’s beauty, even if the extreme cold has its downside. Greetings from Canada!


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Reminds me of thunderheads and lightning. Glad you were able to get out today, Steve. Falling snow is pretty magical.

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Gently falling snow is magical – not so much if it’s falling a bit more horizontally though! Glad you were able to get out and enjoy it.

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  5. Steve, a little speechless …. this is an outstanding frame! Simply beautiful!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I ordered some of those KimWipes. It seemed like they might be good for those mornings when humidity’s really a problem — when you said ‘absorbent,’ I got intrigued. I like the “double fringe” in this photo. It looks like the icicles in back are holding the foreground decoration. Very nice!

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    • Humidity or if you are by the ocean and have to deal with water spray. They will come in handy by a waterfall for me. I thought this a sort of unique formation although I am sure I will see more like this if I look hard enough.

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