I have two versions of today’s image, a brief walkthrough of what I discovered / re-learned about shooting in these conditions and finally a question, which image do you prefer?
As I approached the lake with it’s Greek folly on the far bank I instantly thought the shot would suit black & white. The waterfowl added a nice foreground element which helped to break up the dark water and balance the lightness at the top of the image. I’ve included the colour version for comparison and have to admit I like the muted tones that it gives.
Which do you prefer?
I did not approach this project with a view of having any revelation, I wanted to get out, I thought I may manage a few shots, I also realised that I have avoided shooting in these conditions but without an obvious or valid reason.
What has this taught me? Well, simply there is an opportunity for a shot in any weather, you may need to look harder, you may need to work harder to create it, but the end result is worth the effort it takes to create it.
Also wear warm clothes, good boots, thick socks and waterproof lightweight jacket are good, maybe even a hat.
Let the camera acclimatise to the cold and damp, I take the lens off when I get home to prevent moisture forming inside the lens and body. Look for objects that work with the conditions not against them and when in fog, do not rely on auto-exposure, there is a compensation dial, manual settings for a reason; it’s easier to get it right before releasing the shutter than to correct afterwards.
Camera: Olympus E-500
Lens: 14-45 Zuiko