We have alarms set for 5:45 am so that the kids can get ready for school. Today, just moments before the alarms went off, the phone rang – SNOW DAY! I opened the blinds to see blizzard conditions – a good six to eight inches of snow on the driveway, and more falling fast. The kids were asking to go outside by 7:30, so we all went out and shoveled the driveway. (I don’t think that’s quite what they had in mind… but I told them that’s the price you pay for a snow day.) :) Afterward, they spent the morning playing in the drifts… building snow forts and making angels, throwing snow balls and sledding… and getting cold.
I pulled out my camera. I guess you aren’t surprised.
Nick, Damian, Anna, and Nora preparing NOT to throw snowballs at my camera. Or else. :)
and Damian, catching snowflakes with his tongue.My fingers were freezing, so I came in and processed my photos while they enjoyed the winter wonderland. It’s still coming down out there. I see that we may get as much as two feet of snow by tomorrow morning. The kids will be happy… and the snow shovels will get a lot of use. Oh boy oh boy. ;) Hot chocolate, anyone?
* LATER *
I wanted to add one more photo, so rather than start another blog post, I’ll just add it here. Like I said – it was a fun morning.
And for those who are interested, I shot these with a 28-70mm lens on my Canon 7D. An aperture of 6.3 and a 1/60-second shutter speed let me capture the kids in sharp focus when they stood still for a portrait – and still get some moving snow. A faster shutter speed would have made the snow seem to freeze in the frame, but I wanted a sense of movement and fun… it’s a bunch of kids in a blizzard, right?
Processing was pretty easy since the sky was (and still is… and will be until about May) pretty heavily overcast. The light is incredibly even – diffused by the heavy clouds, and reflecting off the snow – so I have no glaring highlights or dark shadows to drag me down. The hardest part was keeping the camera dry… which I managed right up until Damian threw a snowball at Nick’s head. It bounced off his head, and hit the camera square in the lens. Oops!