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Winter Returns by Mashuto Winter Returns by Mashuto
EOS 6D | EF 17-40 f/4 L @33 | 0.8s | f/13 | ISO 100

After a rather unseasonably warm few weeks of high temperatures in early January, winter decided to make a come back. Temperatures in the teens (F) for days, and then finally culminating in a few days of snow. Nothing major, but enough to coat the ground. Not enough, however, to destroy the roads and make travel impossible. Trying to get out of my funk, I decided to take advantage of the snow and the passable roads.

Although I had recently visited Great Falls, I have never been there with snow and decided that this could be an amazing opportunity to capture the rapids in the snow. The weather seemed like it was going to cooperate and could potentially even catch a great sunrise.

Well, the weather held, and the snow delivered, but the sunrise was practically non existent. You chase the light, you don't always find it, and this morning was one of those days where I did not find it. So as usual, I shifted gears and looked smaller, specifically deciding that black and white was probably the way to go.

I scrambled down near the position I settled on last visit, but not wanting to repeat what I had just done a few weeks earlier, I started wandering. Great Falls is treacherous even on the best days. It is a scramble over jagged rocks and down into a gorge. The river itself is relentless, and claims the lives of an average of 7 people per year. On the best of days you need to be careful. This morning, it had snowed and it had been cold enough the past week to create icy conditions, as well as frozen surfaces of creeks and other small areas of water near the river.

After some wandering, I found a small creek with a little waterfall, no more than 100 feet from the river. Trying to cross to find a good spot, I ended up dunking one then the other foot through ice and into the freezing water. Finally finding my spot, I set up and go to shooting.

As always, I hope you enjoy my images, and I hope the back story was somewhat entertaining!
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jonathanjessup Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Fantastic shot, Matt.
Mashuto Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
This is fantastic, Matt. So glad you got out to get over your funk...I would say you found success! The tonal range is great, the textures are awesome, and what a unique little scene from the Great Falls area. Kudos to you for putting yourself out there, going off the beaten path, and finding something that worked for you. :)
Mashuto Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks LeeAnne, and glad I got out of it too. I have just been forcing myself to get out there and shoot not matter what the results. Cant end up with winners on every outing I guess.
LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
That's been hard for me lately. I have been very frustrated with my lack of killer shots lately. Spring is coming soon though...and I'm well overdue for a trip to Great Falls. ;)
Mashuto Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well when you do, I can certainly join you if you would like. And as you know, I am way well overdue for multiple trips to WV. Hurry up spring!
LAlight Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
No kidding!

I'll let you know when that is in the works. :)
Mashuto Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent, I look forward to it. And I of course will let you know the same when I am heading out that way. Its already March... spring is fast approaching.
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January 26, 2013
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Canon EOS 6D
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1 second
Focal Length
33 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 26, 2013 7:43:37 AM -05:00
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
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