Photography in a blizzard
Storm Jonas dumped a decent amount of snow of the East Coast of the US last Friday night and Saturday. I know most New Yorkers weren't looking forward to the snow coming (and I can now understand why) but I was pretty excited, especially after a few years without much snow at all in Paris.
Excited enough to be out by about 6:30am on Saturday morning with camera in hand. Other than staying vaguely safe (and it wasn't actually that cold), my initial concern was keeping the camera dry and functioning. I use an Op/tech rain sleeve, cut down to size (see pic below). After a little trial and error I turned off the viewfinder so was only using the rear screen, and kept the sleeve wrapped around the camera which worked pretty well. If you have a weather-sealed camera body and lens then you're probably fine leaving it exposed but I didn't want to take the chance.
Once covered, the camera was fine and it was only my own vision that was still tricky. Despite the annoyance of water and fogging up, it was still better to wear glasses while it was snowing, otherwise the snow and wind could be painful on the eyes.
Even early in the morning there were still a few people around, but there was a surreal feel to the place with fighting the snow suddenly the main priority.
So here are a few of the resulting shots. I've gone for a wide 16:9 format for these to give more of a film look. The second shot here would normally be a clear view of the Manhattan skyline.
I'm pretty pleased with the results and it was a lot of fun to do. I shot for a while on the streets Manhattan the next day too and I'll be share some of those over on Instagram.