Snow transforms. Each delicate snowflake dances and swirls through the air until it finds a neighbor on the ground, clings to a tree branch, or tickles a child’s tongue. Our world glows with a magical light, so quiet you can hear the ballet of the snowflakes as they sing through the air to soften and cleanse the earth in a blanket of white.
Each time it snows I become a child again, as I stand at my window, hypnotized with the wonder of it all. I wanted to capture some of the magic on film. I took this photo from an upstairs window, upper sash down, using that sash as a makeshift tripod.
If you look closely, you can see Mr. Gnarly T. O’Root in this photo. He’s the large tree in the foreground on the left. I wonder — do trees dream as they stand quietly sleeping in the snow? I must remember to ask the old guy when he awakens in the spring and we can visit and chat.
I turned my attention and my camera to the west for this view. I’m happy with both photos, but I think the first is the better of the two.
My Nikon F3HP was loaded with Tri-X rated at 1600 (developed in Diafine). The more I use this film/developer combination, the more I like it. The high film speed and the stable rest on the window sash let me stop my 24mm lens down, take my time and capture the mid-afternoon light. The 24mm Nikkor is an outstanding wide angle lens and, as it turned out, the perfect choice for these shots.
After I scanned my negatives, I cropped them to a 4 x 5 format, worked with curves to get the tonality I wanted, gave each photo a bit of cool toning and sharpening. I’m happy. I think I captured and preserved the mood and my vision as I gazed out my window during our December snowstorm last Saturday.