We had a snow day this week where school was cancelled and I decided to dedicate the day to photography. This is my journey that day. I went out early to the marina because I love the idea of boats with snow, there’s a juxtaposition there that I think is interesting. I got down really low on the dock and hung my camera over the edge with a wide angle lens to place the boats in a dominant position in the frame with the snowy trees to form the background.
I kept walking around the marina and I saw a place where the snow had fallen into the water in front of a sail boat. I was sticking with my wide angle 10-22mm at its widest to play with the angles of the floating snow against the angles of the bow of the boat. I felt like there were some interesting relationships there.
As I was packing up my car to leave the marina, I saw the snow plow go by on Stewart Ave. I thought to myself, what image says snow day more than a snow plow so I raced off after the plow. They stopped in a nearby parking lot so I went up to them and asked if I could take their picture and where would they be plowing next? They told me that they were heading up 19A but had a few repairs to do. I went up the road, parked my car and got out to wait for them. 30 minutes of standing beside the road later I was paid off with this image as the truck roared by. I did get soaked but it was so worth it.
From there I started driving around some neighbourhoods just watching for interesting photographs and I found this older gentleman shovelling his sidewalk. I went up to him and we had a little conversation and asked if I could photograph him while he worked. He was fine with that, such a nice man with a face full of character and we had an interesting conversation afterwards.
Later in the afternoon, after the sun came out I thought I might get some good photos of the sea lions down at Duke Point as the sun went down. The quality of the light is so key in making a good photograph and the low winter sunset produced some beautiful light. In my boat as I headed out there I crossed paths with a large freighter. I loved the contrast in colours and the striking lines created by the anchor chain, it’s shadow and the other anchor in the background. I waited until Snake Island drifted into view in the background and got this image.
My timing with the light was just about perfect as the sun began to disappear over the horizon just as I was finishing my photographs of the sea lions. The golden light plays over their dark brown fur to create some really beautiful colours.
That was my snow day, I had a blast.