This image has become a popular piece in my exhibit and it epitomizes a bit of what drives a photographer in their craft. Capturing an image like this isn’t always about planning, sometimes its about responding to the light.Yes, one can plan to take a picture of something and given care, can expect to produce a decent image, but sometimes being a photographer is being aware and responsive to how nature is busy preparing an opportunity for you.
This image was captured in February of 2013 shortly after a blast of arctic air hit our area, bringing a light blanket of snow and a sky filled with wispy cloud structures. I was returning home from a family visit at 4:00 in the afternoon. The light from the late afternoon sky was producing a wide range of hues and contrasts with the snow and the rough plowed field. My wife was concerned, as always, with my somewhat distracted driving as I watched the light show around me.
It was then that I came upon the classic barn scene here and I realized that I was seeing perhaps the best lighting conditions that I had ever seen at this farm. (This particular property is located only a short distance from my home, so I continually shoot this location whenever I see a interesting weather or light situation). My wife knows my half-crazed “I must shoot now!” look, so she firmly told me that I must take her home first and then come back. Needless to say, I expedited her delivery home with due haste and returned minutes later to the task at hand.
The weather that day was a brisk 10°F (-12.22° C), with enough of a wind chill to make it closer to a 0°F feel on the skin. The shot was taken using my D800 lens with my Nikkor 28-70mm at 2.8D lens at a focal length of 30mm and I was leveraging a CPL filter to pull the cloud texture . The image was shot at 1/40th of a second at f/22.
This image is available in print (8×12 or 16 x 24) or canvas format (2′ x 3′).