Landscape: Red Barn on a Winter’s Day

Settings:

  • Camera: Canon 6d
  • Lens: Canon 24-105L IS f/4
  • Focal Length: 105mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/320
  • Aperture: f/8
  • ISO: 160
  • Filter: B+W Circular Polarizer.

Setup: While on the way home from a photo session today, I noticed the snow whipping around a familiar barn and the sun was starting to break free from the clouds.  I really wanted this photo, but I also really wanted to stay in my car where it was warm and dry.  I continued my journey down the road for about 5 minutes until the nagging voice in my head finally won out and told me to go back. I was not prepared for going out in the weather conditions that we were experiencing today.  I did, however, still have my high “drift boots” I use for snowshoeing, my warm shooting gloves, heavy jacket and my balaclava. I soon found out that what I really needed to have, were my snowshoes and my really good snow pants,  The snow was well over my knee and it was really windy, which only made things all the more fun for me.   I was out in the snow and committed to getting this photo, so I continued the 300 yard trudge out in the field to get the vantage point I wanted.  When I got there, I was cold…really really cold.  So cold that jeans had frozen from the melted snow and the skin on my legs were stinging.  My brain was screaming “this is stupid, get your shot and go home” and you can only ignore that for so long before the rest of your body agrees.  So I fired of couple of quick shots and then ran as fast I could to my car…through knee deep snow….in near blizzard conditions….that had already filled in my track from a few minutes prior.   While I’m not overly excited about this photo, it is still somewhat interesting with the snow dancing around the bright red barn.  I’m glad I stopped, but I’m going to throw my snowpants and snowshoes in my trunk from now on.

~Ben

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