Another 365 Project – Day 26

Today (and tomorrow) is supposed to be the most snowfall we will be receiving in the general area where I live. I wanted to capture the near-blizzard like conditions. I have tried in the past, but typically the snowfall never appears as I see it. It is difficult to capture the large number of airborne snowflakes, however, I came across a technique that Tom Grill wrote in in this blog post on his about photography blog. Using a flash helps emphasize the depth of the snow. I mounted my Yongnuo YN560III, an incredibly inexpensive, yet one of the most versatile flashes on the market. I think the main reason why it is so inexpensive is the fact that there’s no TTL or auto exposure mode. It’s strictly manual, but variable over an 8 stop range. Trial-and-error is the order of the day playing around with flash power settings and apertures. I used the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 on the X-Pro2. Here are the results of my efforts. My personal favourite is the Jackson Pollock like image of snow in front of the hedge.

An early attempt, but a little too “literal” for my tastes.

Capturing the biggest snowfall in winter 2016/2017 in Waterdown.

This one is close to the feeling I wanted to capture.

Capturing the biggest snowfall in winter 2016/2017 in Waterdown.

This is it! Good luck to my friends in New York City. We’re getting a dumping here, but they’re getting even more. I haven’t checked any hard data, but my sense is that over the last five years, they’ve been getting more snow than we have in Toronto.

Capturing the biggest snowfall in winter 2016/2017 in Waterdown.
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