Snow Hunting

As far as photography goes this has been a pretty lousy winter in Massachusetts so far.  Having the need to scratch the itch I have been scouting other areas in the Northeast where there may be some snow opportunities.  Bingo! Last week there was a snowstorm forecast in Vermont so I made some last minute reservations and headed up to Waitsfield.  I left at 6.30am to try to avoid the early storm but I ended up getting caught in it sooner than expected and then had a much slower drive.  I still arrived around 10.30 so I made my way to Northfield, famous for its red covered bridges.

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The scenery was breathtaking, with the trees coated in snow, farms and barns looking like something from a magazine, mountainsides a winter wonderland.  I was eager to get out and shoot even though the snow was falling, although it did so periodically.  The next day it snowed almost all day but there was no-one around so I could explore freely.  It is such a great feeling, being in a snowstorm, so quiet, the crunch underfoot and beautiful scenery surrounding me.  I found on this trip (as with others in the past) that it is quite difficult to capture what your eye sees with a 16mm lens even though the temptation is to use this to convey the grand landscape.  I found myself more often than not using the 24-70 and the 70-200mm to gain more detail and provide a tighter composition.  One of my favorite farms, which I stopped at 3 times in different light and weather conditions was between Waitsfield and Northfield.  On this occasion the snow was coming down and the horse showed up in its jacket.

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Stay tuned for more Vermont explorations!


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