A late-season snow provided a unique opportunity to explore a new location that a fellow photographer shared with me. I decided to check out a pair of bur oak trees that were nearly identical reflections of each other, almost like a set of mirror twins. This was a rare occurrence and I was excited to capture it.
The snowfall added a layer of atmosphere to the scene, giving it a softer and more peaceful feel. To capture the moment, I chose to use a longer focal length, which allowed me to narrow my field of view and use a pop of flash to capture snowflakes in the foreground. This technique resulted in a visually pleasing effect that added foreground interest and conveyed the essence of the snowfall.
By using longer focal lengths and flashes during active snowfall, it was possible to illuminate snowflakes close to the camera and capture them in the frame. These snowflakes appeared large, blurred, and out of focus due to the focal plane being set on the distant subject. It generally required taking several frames to find one that arranged these larger blurred snowflakes in a pleasing pattern that complemented the subject and composition.
Capturing actively falling snow can be difficult, as it does not always come across well in an image. However, this technique proved to be a fun and effective way to capture the essence of the snowfall. I took images both with and without flash to compare and contrast the results. Overall, it was a great experience and I was pleased with the end result.