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Snowmaggedon 2014

Finally! A legit snow day. We’ve had several school closings for ice or slippery roads this year, but today we finally got a real snow day due to several inches of snow on the ground, with more snow expected tonight and more closings tomorrow. Granted, who knows when schools will actually let the kids out for the summer, since they’ve been out so much this winter. But it was fun to get out and play with them in the white stuff today. I’m not complaining! We didn’t make a snowman yet. Maybe we’ll do that tomorrow! In the meantime, here are some photos of our day today.

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He wasn’t interested in wearing his real winter coat or a pair of gloves. I decided to let him be until he decided he was ready for a heavier coat and gloves, but he never complained.

 

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I love how she decided the sample the snow like it was an hors d’oeuvres! She sat there and nibbled on that little snowball until it was all gone.

 

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Maddy had fun, but was ready to go in…

 

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We hope you enjoyed your snow day, if you had one!

 

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Snow Day!

On Monday we got a very unexpected snow storm. When I woke at 7am in the morning and looked out the window to discover heavy snow falling, and already an inch or two on the ground, I immediately blamed my surprise on my being out of touch with the news, including any important weather forecasts. Turns out, even the local weather forecasters didn’t see this one coming.

This was the first solid snowfall this winter that we were home to enjoy, and my kids were really excited about it. The best part is, they’re not school-age yet, so their joy was purely from the sight of the snow, not from missing a day of school. They stayed by the window to watch the snow falling for quite a while.

Finally, I got them dressed and downstairs. We ate a quick breakfast and then put their snowsuits on to go outside and play in the snow. They had a blast. We even made up a new game… “snow soccer”! The snow was falling hard and fast, though, so it wasn’t long before they grew tired of trudging around in it and we went inside. But before our snow time was complete, I made sure we got the obligatory siblings-in-their-snowsuits picture!

The Challenge of Shooting in Snow

We got another snowfall the other day and, given the erratic weather temperatures, I thought it might be the last of the year and wanted to get some pictures of my kids in the snow. Of course, taking photographs of moving targets (my kids) on a sunny day, with a blanket of snow on the ground can be challenging.

I was shooting in manual mode, which is not quite second nature to me yet, and every time I would adjust my settings to get the correct exposure, my kids would move into or out of shadows. So, I’d move with them and then try to take the photo but I would forget to check my settings again before taking the picture. This isn’t always a problem, but the difference between the correct exposures for full sun and shade areas (or for when I was turned this way instead of that way) was much more pronounced with highly-reflective snow on the ground. As a result I had several underexposed or overexposed photos. This was (sort of) to be expected.

What I didn’t expect was how great the light would be in really shady areas. Here’s a photo I took of my daughter as I followed her around the back side of our garden shed. It’s not great. The exposure was okay, but she has bright spots and shadow lines on her face from the sun shining through the trees. Also, the leaves and sticks behind her are distracting. Lastly, I didn’t get down to her level, so she’s looking up at me, which makes this feel a whole lot like a snap shot… which it was.

50mm, f/4.5, ISO 200, 1/500 sec

Seconds after I took that photo, she turned her back to me, and walked around the side of the shed. I went in the opposite direction, crouched to get more to her level, changed only my aperture, and got this photo.

50mm, f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/500 sec

It’s not perfect. I’d be happier if her right hand and right foot weren’t cut off, and if she were looking at me, that would’ve been even better. But there still is something special about this photo. She was in full shade, so there are no funny shadows falling on her and no bright spots. This was an area that is normally pretty shady and wouldn’t make for great shooting conditions, but the snow acted like a giant reflector, bouncing all kinds of light back into her face and body. Also, I actually like that she’s looking down. It’s like stealing a glimpse of a child when she thinks she’s all alone and is wrapped up in her own thoughts–whatever they may be at this age. I especially like the bokeh behind her, from the light coming in through the trees and reflecting off of the leaves.

Shortly after taking this photo and looking at it on my camera, I tried to get my kids back on that side of the shed to take advantage of the nice light and bokeh. No such luck. Maybe next time we have a sunny day and a blanket of snow. It’s all melted now. In the meantime, I’ll try to bank this experience in  my memory for the next time I’m taking photographs in the snow.

A Snowy Day in January

Ok…. if Mother Nature hadn’t done a complete 180, I wouldn’t feel so compelled to post today. But, since I JUST posted about how beautiful the weather was two days ago, I couldn’t not post today, when we got our first real snow of the season. It was T-shirt weather yesterday, hats-and-mittens weather today!

There was probably less than 1/4 of an inch of snow on the ground, but my son insisted on us making a snowman. I tried to tell him there wasn’t enough snow, but his Grandma whipped up a small snowman for him a week or so ago with just a dusting on the ground. So, the sly little guy wasn’t accepting “no” for an answer.

Before we got to making our snowman, we scoured the house for the items we would need, besides snow. We found three black buttons for his coat, cut a small piece of carrot for his nose, and cut up some dark chocolate for his eyes. Next I took the handle off of a Christmas gift bag to use has his scarf. I thought we were all set, but then Declan said “We need a hat!”

Hmmm… where do we find a hat for a 6-inch snowman? We walked around the room of our house that since Christmas has been a toy-frenzied mess, looking for a small hat. I asked him if any of his toys had a small hat that we could use. With my back to him and our Christmas tree (yes, it’s still up!), I heard him say “I know, Mommy! We could use this for a hat!” I turned around and he was pointing to a little red crocheted bell that hung from the tree. It was perfect! What creativity and resourcefulness! That’s my boy!

By the way, Lightning McQueen has nothing to do with the snowman. I just liked the pic. 🙂