Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

After a mild winter, which gave us only one quick flurry of snow before Christmas, spring finally seemed to be on its way. Bulbs are appearing everywhere, there is blossom on choice trees, I’ve even seen lambs frolicking in fields. But no, winter hasn’t quite finished with us yet. Last night produced the first solid snow fall I’ve seen since last year’s cold spell.

A good 5 inches fell through the night, blanketing the town in a thick white layer that disguises everything. Snow on a Sunday is a beautiful thing. Most people are at home, no one bothers to leave the house unless they have to, or to build snowmen, so the snow stays white instead of turning into grey slush soup at the side of the roads.

wintery, snowy woods

(Photo taken at: 1/400, f/2.0, ISO 100)

We took a little drive around the corner to where the trees are pretty. It seemed the perfect time to be reunited with all my poor neglected cameras so I brought them all, every single one of them. After reading these memories of using a Pentax K-1000, I was inspired to dig out my two film cameras (A Pentax K-1000, and a Minolta SRT 202) which I haven’t used in several years. I have no idea whether the light meters are working, or what their working condition is, but the results will be revealed when I have the film developed! Fingers crossed…

Until I get the film processed my dSLR photos will have to suffice.

Dayal in snowy woods wearing a fedora

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/3.2, ISO 400)

The light was stunning; like taking photos in a giant light box. The sky was white and overcast, the snow reflected all the light straight back up again and all around.

Dayal in the snowy woods wearing a fedora

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/3.2, ISO 400)

My dear sweet brother.

Normally when I take photos of him in his hats I have to be careful of shadows over his eyes, today, nothing at all.
In the snow with blue hat

(Photo taken at: 1/250, f/1.8, ISO 100)

And my dear sweet mother also. I was shooting manual in the snow, something I confess to not doing as much as they (whoever “they” are) say you ought to, and it was a challenge to keep it from under-exposing.  It was so much fun to be able to use the white background, the beautiful lighting, and manual exposure to create studio type photos.

Becky in snowy woods holding poloroid camera

(Photo taken at 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 100)

Aaand my dear sweet friend to complete my family.

Becky happened to be coming to stay for a couple days and arrived just as the snow started falling, so I got to share the excitement with her as well. The camera she has in her hands is an old Polaroid that I borrowed (um, semi-permanently) from her a couple years ago. We used half our last slab of film today, it’s old and was cold, so only one worked this time, but it was enough for me to fall in love with it again. It’s pricey stuff, so I think a new batch will be a reward for myself once I finish designing my new website.

Vauxhall Astra stuck in the snow

(Photo taken at: 1/500, f/3.2, ISO 100)

And then we got stuck in the snow. The tires couldn’t get grip in the compacted snow.. Becky and me had to push/dig/scrape until my brother could drive the car, slipping and sliding back onto the road again.

Vauxhall Astra stuck in snow

(Photo taken at: 1/125, f/3.2, ISO 100)

Finally they were off, and me and Becky went back for a proper walk through the woods to play with the cameras a little more.
Becky with glowing white face

(Photo taken at: 1/200, f/1.8, ISO 100)

The liiiight!

Standing in snowy woods with poloroid photo of myself

(Photo taken at: 1/800, f/1.6, ISO 100)

And little ol’ me, courtesy  of Becky.
bulb coming up through snow

(Photo taken at: 1/1000, f/1.8, ISO 100)

What is the winter like where you are? Do you get snow? Is it a regular thing, or a big drama like here?
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