Yesterday I headed over to the 108 Mile Heritage Site located along Highway 97 just north of 100 Mile House. I have photographed at the site before, though this was my first winter shoot here. The site contains numerous historical buildings, most of which have been moved from various areas in the Cariboo and Chilcotin for preservation and historical study. It was very interesting to see the difference that the snow makes on the subject matters compared to my visit in the summer. In particular is the lack of the green grass and vegetation along with the tonal change in the reflective snow. One interesting note about photographing in snow is that footprints and animal tracks are very apparent in the snow and can lead the viewer’s eye in an unwanted direction or at the very least create a distraction from the primary subject. Therefore it is essential to think ahead on the compositions that you want before moving too far into the subject’s field of view and thus trampling the snow. This photo shows deer tracks leading towards the fence to the right of the buildings, though if it had led to the buildings the composition likely would have been stronger. This photo was the first I took in this section of the site, and then after ensuring there were no other shots wanted, I moved in towards the buildings for other shots.
This next photograph is a good example of the value in taking time when walking through an area to stop and turn around to review the subjects in a reverse direction. The “front” side of the large barn roof was too obscured by other buildings to properly capture, but this side photographed below had less clutter combined with the presence of the other roofs. I decided on a black and white conversion as I found the blue sky to be distracting from the main elements of the photo. Those are, the ruffled snow pattern versus the smooth snow pattern, and the juxtaposition of the three rectangular surfaces each a different size.
I should add a little “confession” to my post related to this outing…I forgot that my tripod, having just been on the damp coast, was left in my vehicle overnight instead of been dried off in the warm house. Yes Houston, we have a problem here! The tripod legs and locking mechanism was frozen in the closed and locked position. I spent the first 10 minutes of the shoot holding the frozen tripod legs over the vehicle heater vents, eventually getting them dried off and extended.
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