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First snow shot of a long day

By philtaylorphoto  
Spent today doing my best to document the snow around my town of Bolton in Lancashire.

It didn't help that at the beginning of the day It was merely rainy, with the odd fleck of snow. I knew that to get something dramatic into the local paper early on would take a bit more effort, and getting higher. I picked my spot, around 1000 feet up with a busy road.

It was just a simple matter of fitting a long lens to the 7D Mk2, and waiting until we had sufficient snow, then wiring it straight from the camera to the picture desk. Well, simple apart from the AF hunting snowflakes, and being unable to feel my fingers whilst typing the addresses in for We Transfer to send the photos.

It worked anyway, with this being the first snow pic in the paper minutes after it got serious. Still not warmed up!

Tags: Photo journalism Snow Audi Blizzard conditions

Voters: DaveNewbury, bobpaige1, BillRookery and 11 more



I bet itís no joke being a Photojournalist and the Editor setting what they think are simple tasks.


philtaylorphoto 21 334 2
2 Feb 2019 9:01PM
Actually, I'm freelance, so I have to think up my own ideas. I feel that it's very important to have a good knowledge of your local geography for weather stuff. It's important to know which roads and railway lines flood, where it snows first, the reservoirs that dry up first, and of course phone phew what a scorcher parks.

I knew there was no hope of getting any good road shots out early to the nationals via an agency; the East had already had lots of snow earlier.

By 10:00 nothing was happening, just a little sleet. My aim was to get the first local snow picture onto the local. Luckily there's a road up to Winter Hill near my house that gives me easy access to a point 500 feet higher with ease.

I just shoved a long lens on to compress the snowflakes once I had enough snow to cover the road surface. After 3 cars. I had enough to send the pics straight from the camera using the phone. For the rest of the day I just ran around filling up a live blog with trains on the snow,, local scenes etc.

However, I really made a bad decision doing that, as the airport became snow bound. What I really should have done was park at the station, done my train and tram shots, then head to the airport and get the shots everyone else got in the nationals.

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