Sunny, 30 Degrees, Calm Winds.
Today was a big letdown after the spectacular conditions from yesterday. I felt as if there was no point in even taking a camera into the woods, though of course I did. Jimmy still needs to be walked every day and there’s no harm in carrying the camera, is there?
It was a beautiful, sunny day, mild in temperature; absolutely a nice day to walk, but the spectacular snow formations are all gone. They were gone by afternoon yesterday. The temperatures warmed yesterday afternoon and most of the snow melted and fell off the trees. The gorgeous conditions lasted for only a few daylight hours and thank God I was there to see it and record.
Because of that, I think I’ll post more of yesterday’s pictures with this post. They certainly bear seeing again and I have more pictures that I can realistically post anyway.
I have never seen such spectacular snow in my life. I am still stunned by the photographs. I am sure I will print a good variety of these images. They almost defy belief. In fact, I’m planning to buy a special 44” x 50′ roll of Epson’s Exhibition Fiber paper just to print them. This is my favorite semi-glossy paper. It has a beautiful subtle texture that I love, and it’s bright white and produces gorgeous, contrasty images.
My usual paper for landscape photography is another beautiful paper, but it’s very different. It’s an Arches Watercolor paper. It’s a photo paper, but it has the texture of watercolor paper. It’s a very natural paper color without any artificial brighteners that works very well for most landscape photographs, but I’m pretty sure it would be to warm and not bright enough to handle these brilliant snow images effectively.
I can’t wait to get the other paper and make some prints of yesterday’s shots. I’m sure they will be stunning.
Here are a bunch more images that were not quite as good but still very interesting: