The day I took these photos not only was it snowing but it was windy and very very cold! When it’s very cold a camera can have some issues. Batteries will run out faster, snow can get on your lens and in my case sometimes the auto focus was just not cooperating at times. I also discovered that focusing could get a bit dodgy while snow is falling; does the camera lock onto the snow or the real subject matter?
In yesterdays post, while I’m not entirely sure, I think my focus was a bit confused by the heavy amount of snow even though I was focusing on the father’s head. Here we have the same day (within minutes of the prior shot) but with not as much snow in the way. Was this due to better focusing or the snow had slowed down? I really don’t know.
In this photo you can tell just how windy it was by the little girls pom pom strap on the left side of her face; it was blowing in the wind. She was waiting patiently for her turn on the sled as the wind and snow blew. By the way, if there was a fashion award for hats that day she would’ve won hands down with this fuzzy cutie.
What techniques work best for you when photographing in the cold and snow? Have you encountered any problems and how did you solve them? Inquiring photographers would love to know.