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With the first major snow of the year, I've been out looking for interesting weather images for the newspaper. Yesterday I came up with a couple.

I was driving to an assignment for our Business World publication when I noticed a guy in a car ahead of me scraping his front windshield while waiting for a green light. This is the second light he had to stop for and I like this timing because of the woman with the umbrella passing in front of him.

After completing the assignment, I drove around a bit looking for another weather photograph and was struck at the patterns of snow on cars at the college. It was a matter of waiting for classes to get out and trying to get to a good spot to shoot someone cleaning off their windshield. I was happy with the additional interesting story the subject had about having to use an Altoid box to clean off her windshield. After hearing that, I wished I had been closer to her to make my photographs.

And then today I was looking for something other than photographs of cars and found a bunch of sledders hitting the hill at Sterling school. With lots of powder, I was trying for an image with snow in the air, crashing, etc... I came upon a family using their dog to get them down the hill - FAST! I spent a bit of time with them while I went through a couple batteries (the cold was discharging them very quickly). I liked these moments but not really the perspective so much.

I made an effort to get low and close as the dog passed by. At first, I thought this was the winner.

But the background distracted too much.

So in the same sequence of shots, the next frame is tighter on the girl. It does crop off the front of the dog but to me, as long as the viewer knows it's a dog, it doesn't matter and almost puts due focus on the real subject, the girl getting a face full of snow.

I came away with a nice secondary image of the girl at the bottom of the hill.

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