Well, winter seems perfectly content to stick around for a while longer yet. Since I’m not aware of anything I can do to influence that, I’m trying to make the best of it. Last weekend, I looked out the window and there were huge fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky, so I decided to run out to our family prairie and see if I could photograph a grassland scene with those big flakes. I grabbed my coveralls, and about 20 minutes later drove through the gate of our prairie. I spotted a scene that looked worth photographing and snapped a few shots of it.
As I started looking for the next scene to photograph, the snow suddenly stopped. It seemed dumb to just turn around and head home again, so I stuck around and tried to make something out of the flat light and snow-covered prairie. Under overcast skies, snow tends to look as dull as the light, devoid of texture or shadow. That can make photography tricky, but I decided to just lean into that flat light and treat it like a studio photographer’s white portrait backdrop. I mean, as long as I was standing in 8 inches of snow and 5 degree temperatures, I might as well have a little fun… Here are some of my attempts to make the best of that situation.