Ninety Minutes on Deerfoot

January 19, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I've been beating myself up for like, years now that every time I'm the car and see something awesome in the spur of the moment I'm unprepared, i.e. no camera! Yeah iPhones are amazing and all that, but there's no control, no zoom and I just don't like the results of anything beyond snapshots of facebook-type stuff. I'm still planning on getting a four-thirds format camera that shoots in RAW and has decent glass on it, but in the meantime I at least put my (wife's) Canon HS550 point and shoot in my glovebox, and sure enough, less than a week later we get the first real genuine snowfall I've seen since I left Massachusetts. I was working about 5 minutes from home when it started snowing, and it came down fast. By the time I left to head home people were sliding all over the place, driving in the wrong lane, spinning around sideways and generally panicking. Luckily my friend and I were in his 4wd and we rode right past all the chaos, but when I hit Deerfoot Parkway, the main road leading from the interstate to my neighborhood, it was a parking lot for about 4 miles. In the end, it took me over 3 hours to get home that day, but as I sat in my car listening to Miike Snow (no lie, and not because of his name, just an epic album), I got to see things that I've driven by hundreds of times at 60 miles and hour and never had time to even glance at, now covered in snow and right as the sun was going down. At 0.0005 miles an hour you definitely have time to consider your surroundings and the afternoon wasn't a total loss.

Incidentally, if you haven't experienced a good heavy snow storm, or maybe just haven't noticed, the time right after the storm passes is almost always the most beautiful weather as far as a awesome blue sunny sky, the bright light reflecting off the white surfaces everywhere and making everything a photographer's lighting dream.

~Brendon

 

 


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