Snow ballet

I went out to photograph the snow this past weekend, but did not manage to get anything. The snow turned into rain as I reached the city centre. Tonight it started snowing again, and my plan had first been to have an early night, but then I changed my mind. I managed to convince Luciana Boon, who I met at the Evolution dance show, that this was a good idea, so we met up outside Clare College just before 10 pm. We ended up shooting for about an hour, and I was really glad that I had put on a few extra layers including a pair of rain trousers on top as I soon found myself lying on the ground in order to get the light right for the backlit shots.

Here are some of my favourite shots from tonight.

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There was a strong lamp mounted just by the college entrance which must have been placed there just for occasions like this. Here we are playing with the shadow on the ground.
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I brought two flashes with me, and put them in plastic bags so they would not get wet. Here I am using one to the right on the ground. The flash helps lift the shadows so you see more of Luciana.
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Here we are using both flashes, one gelled orange to the left, and a white one to the right. I am shooting at f/1.4 and quite high ISO in order to get some light from the background also.
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These backlit photos are my favourites. I like the combination of snow flakes and breath.
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One more shot. To get the timing right I would go “1, 2, 3…” *click*

It got really cold, but I felt it was worth it. Big thanks to Luciana for joining me on this spontaneous late night photo shoot.

– Johannes

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