A Bad Day With A Camera

Frost Bites

Frost is one of those things that confounds me as a photographer because the timing of its arrival is generally crap for me. It will either be too cold, I’ll be busy with something else, or I have to work that day. Today was sort of a combination of all three.

Just a bit tired of shooting this same spot, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-07
But the chemtrail, Portrait, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-07
The power of three, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-07
Lark in the park, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-07
But the chemtrail, Landscape, Thornbriar Green,
Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-07
Frost on the strawberry mesh, Thornbriar Green,
Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-07

The sun finally hit the right position at around 8:20 am this morning to make the frost pop against the blue sky. The problem? I start work at 8:30 am. There was no time for anything elegant. I grabbed a crap camera to get some crap shots in and from the park at Thornbriar Green, our loop. Out the door I went with my Bonzart Ziegel wearing a light hoodie and forgetting it was -25C without the wind chill and -34C with.

Snow and shadows, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-07
Frost out front, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-07
Aiming high, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore,
Alberta, 2024-03-07
Tree topper, Thornbriar Green, Strathmore, Alberta, 2024-03-07

I slammed through the shots, favouring black and white, but also getting some with the vivid setting on the Ziegel, and all with the 120 faux film border that I have fallen in love with. I didn’t really think through the compositions as I was in a hurry. The colder my hands get the more they shake and the less control I have. I quit when I realized I could no longer depress the shutter button.

The shots turned out better than I hoped and I’m happy with them, especially the two shots of the park with the light and shadow play. All images are straight off the camera with no manipulation at all. What the Ziegel saw was what you get and what I got was pretty good. Also, I didn’t fall on my ass this time on the way back to the house. Best of all I made it to my desk two minutes before 8:30 am to begin my remote work session. That’s cutting it close, but, frost!

All images in this post were created using a craptastic Bonzart Ziegel.

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