Whiteout

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It was a whiteout day in Alaska with about 20 inches of snow on the ground over four hours time – my lens was freezing and so were my hands…

This shot is one of my favorites due to the contrasts of movement and stillness. The blur of the falling snowflakes evoke a sense of movement while the crisp detail of the resting snowflakes on the horn give the impression that time is still. If you have ever found yourself in a frozen tundra in the middle of a snowstorm, you know this feeling – the “great white silence” as Robert Service would say.

You can capture this shot with a wide aperture, a mid-range shutter speed, and a long lens. As with most wildlife photography, remember to use the eye as your focal point. The trick with this shot is to keep your hands still to keep the image crisp. (Understandably, this is easier said than done when your hands are near frozen…)

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