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!