A long time ago I remember sledding down my street with no snow on the street. We had plastic saucers that we sat on and sped down 2200 at a clip that could have broken bones. On asphalt. Covered with ice. About a quarter inch thick. The saucer would spin around and around. Often we would find ourselves flying backwards heading for a car, curb or wall. It was a blast.
Last week we had the same weather phenomenon. Crazy slick everywhere. Schools closed. The usual 5 minute drive to work turned into 45 minutes. After work my work MOM called and said I had to grab my camera and get out quickly. She described the ice over the snow as spectacular. Soon I was out driving everywhere looking for a photographic opportunity. I really wanted to have a record of this event. My eyes saw all kinds of beautiful scenes. I just couldn’t frame them is a way that was pleasing. It was dark and late. To capture the high gloss scene there needed to be light source. Eventually I decided to frame a building with the white frosting. I found this to be a very difficult assignment. T bring attention to the extremely unique features of ice over snow was proving to be very daunting. I tried a few shots with just a reflection over the snow. It was interesting. There was no perspective. Finding an interesting building with enough snow and not to many specular lights was a problem. I gave up. Yep. Not usual for me. It was cold and the driving was treacherous. I realized that I needed some cash for a trip the following day. Off to the ATM. As I turned the corner around the bank I about crashed. What I had been looking for all night was right in front of me. Not perfection. But did the job. I now have a capture of one aspect of this crazy day!