f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400
I had been waiting for a while for an opportunity like this to photograph something different during the winter months. So, I charged my camera batteries and packed all my gear the night before.
Since it is not a good idea to change lenses on location in the middle of winter, I planned to take two camera bodies with me, the Fujifilm XT-4 with the 55-200mm lens on it and the Sony A7 III with the Tamron 28-75mm.
The following morning I left the house early. The plan was to head north towards Grey County and drive around the side roads of Highway 10.
Shooting wide was not an option. I couldn’t find any details in the foreground. Blowing snow reduced visibility to a great extent. However, it helped create separation from busy backgrounds. So, I tried to keep the composition simple. I switched to the telephoto lens and looked for abstract shapes and contrasts in my surroundings. Finally, I settled for this lone and gnarly tree, isolated from the background. The snowstorm had created a lovely contrasting separation.
I ditched the idea of setting up my tripod due to strong wind gusts, and the wind chill of -18C made it difficult to operate the camera. With Optical Image Stabilisation switched on, manually focused and pressed the shutter at 1/1250sec in burst mode to get a sharp image. This is probably my best image from that winter season.
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