Snow Days

When I was a kid, blizzards usually meant snow days i.e. day off from school to go sledding with my friends. So I have many fond memories associated with snow, and blizzards from when I was little. That’s probably why I try to get at least one snow shoot in every year. But shooting in a blizzard can be unpredictable because the weather might suddenly change on you. Basically I need to drop everything and pull together a shoot at the last minute to make it happen.

This year, I went out during the blizzard last Thursday to photograph New Yorkers struggling with Snowmageddon 2017. But due to the limited visibility (and the wind, omg the WIND!), I wasn’t able to get anything worth showing here. Luckily my friend the talented dancer/choreographer/actress Mayo Kinoshita had an opening in the afternoon, so we also met up and took some portraits in central park.

It was bitterly cold by then, but Mayo was a real sport about trying out different ideas. We did end up trying to shoot one multiple clones kind of shot, but it’s still too early to tell how it will come out.

Hope you guys enjoy her shots!


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  1. I like the hazy weather when there is motion. A friend shot a snowmobile -under snow conditions – from another snowmobile in British Columbia and it was a great combination of motion, facial expression, and a fading background of trees covered in snow. In this case since the image is static wouldn’t a bit more depth of field add a bit more complexity and enhance the image – and the natural beauty of course? Please feel free to tell me I don’t what the heck I’m talking about 🙂

    • That’s an interesting point! My view is that you as the photographer are responsible for everything visible in the image. In this case, I want the main focus to be on her. She is the real subject of the shot, the background is secondary.

      Yes, more depth of field would add more complexity to the shot, but in my mind that’s not always a good thing. That added complexity I think would take the focus off of her, and make the background more of a distraction than a background. That’s not to say that there’s only one right answer! Rather, I think finding the happy medium which works best for your tastes is the real goal here.

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