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Even though I grew up in New York I'm not really a winter person. Twenty plus years in Los Angeles confirmed this. But now I'm back on the East Coast and winter is a (big) part of my life I've learned to appreciate what photo opportunities the cold weather brings. Truth be told, snow falls can be quite beautiful and as a fine art photographer I appreciate them more than ever.
In January 2013, we got our biggest storm of the year. There is a local park in Dover, NJ which has a great stream and lake called Hedden Park. When I heard news that this storm was rolling in, I headed over there in advance to scope out some good places to shoot. Then after the storm was done, I got bundled up and trucked on over to make some great photos.
First stop was a small stream than ran the length of the entire park. I gathered my gear and stepped off into the snow. However, I was surprised the snow was knee deep. Undaunted, I slowly made my way down the hill to the edge of the stream. Getting close was tricky however, as the snow covered the rocks making it tough to see exactly where I was stepping. As I got to the edge of the water there were ample exposed rocks for me to hopscotch too & fro. After a few near misses I found a good place to start shooting. The sun was just beginning its descent and the long shadows and warm glow added nicely to the scene.
As I worked my way along the edge of the stream, I was totally consumed by the brisk winter air, the warm sunlight and incessant gurgling of the water spilling over the rocks.
The time rushed by quickly and before I knew it, the sun was down and my time in the snow was over. All in all it was an amazing afternoon just 20 minutes from home.