Photo of the Day | Matt Hamilton

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

– John Ruskin

When the weather gets bad, everyones first thought is to put the camera away and run for cover, but I have found some of the best photographs are made just as the weather starts to turn.

In todays POD, ski patroller Matt Hamilton hikes to a closed side of Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort to check up on it. As we headed over the wind picked up and the snow started falling. It was cold and we were walking into a head wind. The snow was soft and deep under Matt’s feet and it made the hike a lot of work.

I know a lot of photographers fear for their camera gear when the weather starts to go south. Or north in this case. Most high end gear is weather sealed and pretty tough. I know it can get scary, but your camera is a tool. Use it as a tool. If you are really paranoid about it getting ruined, try using a “camera condom”. There are lots of options from cheap disposable plastic ones or waterproof breathable reusable one. I use the Think Tank Hydrofobia myself. It woulds great. They do take a bit of use to get the hang of. You need to know your camera as you can’t see every button.

I also love the positive space in the photo. It makes it simple and clean. There is lots of room for the eye to wander due to the whiteout of the snow storm.

The photo is still made by the change in weather though. You can tell Matt is cold and working hard. A place we can all relate too.

Matt Hamilton - Ski Patroller

Meta Data: Canon 7D with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II | ISO 200 | 16mm | f/3.5 | 1/1000 sec.

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