Monday, February 25, 2013

Snow Day

I've always found photographing snow a difficult procedure. The exposure is often tricky because the visual nature of snow is much brighter than your camera's meter would like it to be. The other reason is because of depth. If you watch a photographer search for an image, you may see them close one eye while they look, and for a long time I wondered why. And then it hit me; we see in three dimensions, but photography lives in only two. The human eye can see more depth than we can fit in an image because we essentially see with two cameras (our eyes). So having only one eye open can show what it is like to see things in two dimensions. And a lot of subjects look much different, including snow. What to us looks quite detailed and interesting can come off as flat in an image without the proper lighting or because the texture of the subject is only interesting with an extra visual dimension.
     These three images were from a few weeks ago when Toronto had quite a bit of snow quite quickly. The streets, sky and sidewalks all started disappearing under the white mass while the people fought to remain warm and/or dry. The city ground to a slow crawl while the snow came down. I also, had no school, so I spent a couple hours out shooting the snow.

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