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First snow of the year

The forecast yesterday was for 30cm of snow during last night and today, which would have certainly been a serious wakeup to the fact that winter is here.

The forecasters were a little off on their forecast though, with it being a mix of wet snow and rain. Still, we probably had about 5cm lying on the ground, but the horrible wet heavy slushy type. Better than an ice storm though – but having said that, ice laden trees and lights do make very photogenic subjects.

I love the winter (and snow), so I went out to get a few shots anyway. I was downtown earlier in the morning and had planned on getting some shots of people jumping the lakes of water that always seem to collect at the street corners. When I was out later with my camera though I didn’t see any good examples – but I still have 4-5 months to catch some puddle skippers in action 馃槈聽I’m sure there must be a Qu茅bec term for this annual sport of puddle hopping, if not there should be!

Instead, I ventured back up to parc Jeanne-Mance to try and get a few winter ‘landscape’ pictures. Only when I got home did I realize that I had neglected to reset my ISO from 1100 after taking some shots at around dusk yesterday :-/ I probably would have had to shoot at a higher than normal ISO due to the dull overcast sky, but 1100 was a little over-the-top and of course led to my images having quite a bit of grain.

 

Montreal skyline in the snow

Montreal skyline in the snow
ISO 1100 – 16mm – f13 – 1/160 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

View toward the H么tel Dieu Hospital

View toward the H么tel Dieu Hospital
ISO 1100 – 20mm – f13 – 1/160 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

Benches in the snow

Benches in the snow
ISO 1100 – 20mm – f11 – 1/160 sec (-2ev/0/+2ev)

 

First snow of 2013 on Mount Royal

First snow of 2013 on Mount Royal
ISO 1100 – 140mm – f8 – 1/500 sec

Conducting the ghost band

Conducting the ghost band
ISO 1100 – 122mm – f8 – 1/500 sec

 

Out of interest I checked when Montr茅al received the first covering of snow last year, and we are 2 days earlier this year.

 

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

– Martin

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