As some of you might be aware, it snowed last week here in the UK. Not big snow like Canada or Norway but enough for the country to grind to a halt. It meant I had to work from home which had the side-benefit of allowing me to get out in the snow and take a few pictures at lunchtime. I drove Pash and I up to Devil’s Dyke – a high spot near home from which one can take in scenic vistas of the South Downs and the towns along the coast. The roads were treacherous (did I say it had snowed?) and there were definitely no scenic vistas and in fact we were out of the car only for about 10 minutes before the chilling wind made us retreat.
We noticed several horses in several fields, looking rather chilly despite their draughty, blanket type coats. (Do they make woolly hats for horses? They should.. I reckon that’s another idea for Dragons Den!)
Anyway, the bright snow and the cold didn’t cause the camera any problems… snow on the lens was the main issue. Once it’s there, it’s rather difficult to get rid of it without creating smears, especially with big gloves on. The only tip I’ve got is to point the camera so the lens is away from the source of the wind… No-one reads this blog expecting to learn secrets and ground breaking techniques do they? Does anyone read this blog at all!?
Here’s a picture of some horses that were doing something. We saw 3 others that were stood standing at the edge of a field, all staring off in the same direction into the (completely white) middle distance. They looked rather unsociable to be honest so I didn’t take their photos. I like this image because of the plain white background. It’s much easier with snow, obviously but I also increased the exposure by a tad in order to make the snow even brighter, enhancing the whiteness of the whole scene.
I’m aware that one horse is facing away.. I did click and neigh at it a bit to try to get it’s attention but I guess it was more interested in it’s food. Hey! – that’s horses for you!