I started the New Year off in the best way: on vacation with family. Of course, being a photographer, that meant that while everyone else was warm in bed, sleeping late, I was out at sunrise freezing my backside off on the side of a frozen lake. While the sun slipped down the side of Pico Mountain. And the wind blew, pushing the windchill below the already frosty one degree. Yep, hell of a way to start off a vacation!
Still working on some of the techniques I mentioned in my last landscape post: keeping low and trying to put a full sweep of landscape into the lens, starting with something of foreground interest and moving deeper into the frame. Of course, it’s a little difficult keeping everything from near to far in focus, even with a stopped-down wide-angle lens (unless, of course, you have a tilt-shift lens, which is a whole other story).
I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I didn’t last long in the morning. A single degree, minus the windchill, is just too cold regardless winter coats and double-layered gloves. I shot a few final frames from the car before heading home to wait out the cold over hot coffee and breakfast. By afternoon it was a balmy 25, enough for a portrait shoot (more on that later) and a few snaps at the mountains in the afternoon light.
This is what Vermont looks like in winter when there isn’t a lot of snow. It’s beautiful. Especially in the late afternoon light. Blue shadows on the snow, blue sky above, and if you’ve ever been north you know what that means: it was cold. The afternoon heat doesn’t last long, and as soon as the sun starts to set the temperature drops with it. So I didn’t linger.
More to come!