The second snow storm of the season in NYC has come and gone, and it has left us photographers, like myself, another opportunity to go out and capture all the snow in its glory. Some photographers probably didn’t wait until the sun came up to get started on photographing. While most folks probably decided to go out to Central Park in Manhattan to obtain some lovely images of snow, I decided that this born and raised Brooklynite (a native of Brooklyn) was going to stay put and photograph at Fort Green Park in the Downtown area. And the decision paid off; besides weaving in and out of Brooklyn Technical High School students during one of few dismissal times, it was refreshing to see that I was maybe one of two photographers at that particular park. While shooting I decided to stay with the f/5.6-11 range at ISO 100 shooting at 1/100th of a second. I decided to go back and forth between three f-stops to compensate for the reflectivity of the snow; since all camera’s light meters are set for 18% gray, and snow is not 18% gray.
Before showing some images I wanted to share a quick tip with photographing snow scenes, or scenes in general. Stay local! If you are a NYC guy like myself, this would mean stay in your Borough. If you fall outside of NYC, then stay in your county/city limits. You don’t always have to go to Central Park (or other very well known points of interest) to photograph a “Winter Wonderland” with expansive fields of snow, or in the fall when the tree display lovely colors of reds, oranges, and yellows. Pick other points of interest that haven’t been photographed that often, or areas that no one would consider to photograph. Who cares if the location is not “well-known” or a place “not often traveled”, you could take that one photo of that “not-so-popular-area” and the next thing you know, other photographers might do the same the next time. If you do photograph that well-known place that has been photographed countless times, offer us a different view, perspective, angle, focal point. Experiment!!! But above all, just go out and have fun shooting!