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Snow Job
08-MAR-2008

Snow Job

(for a motion shot that reaffirms my story see http://www.pbase.com/image/97071932)

So, itís a blizzard today... I decide I'm going to get that shot I've always wanted, so off I go to the Lakeshore (Lake Ontario). Snow is insane, drifts (4ft+) are even worse. Help out a stuck woman and drive her to her house (my good deed) on the return trip get stuck myself (in my 4X4) on the road!. Snow plow comes along and pulls me out of the drift(his good deed). I find a spot and wait, and wait then wait some more. 4 hrs later I've given up standing outside and take up refuge in my truck. At last bells and whistles and a west bound train (don't know what it is hauling as I never get to see it) comes. I know that I'm going to get sprayed by the snow but thatís ok I'm in the truck (passenger window down so I have a clear view). This shot was the 1 of 10 I took in my excitement and soon it dawned on me that I better stop looking through the viewfinder and do up the window. Yes, far too late. The locomotive disappears into a hailstorm of flying snow - most headed right at me... did I mention the window was down.
After I stopped laughing and dug out both the outside and inside of my truck, I called it a day.
On the way home helped out 2 more stuck people.

The bottom frame is for Brennan...
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
1/2500s f/3.2 at 70.0mm iso200 full exif


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Arjayphotography21-Dec-2008 18:20
Wow, really dramatic and just as Yves says, great story....the image is so much the better that you've painted the story behind it......
Yves Rubin21-May-2008 15:50
Wow! What a story and a superb shot! V
Ted Chappell28-Apr-2008 02:36
Another brilliant capture, it is particularly interesting for me as we do not have snow like this down here in New Zealand. A little falls in the South Island and in the central North Island but nowhere else. By the way: how did the 1D cope with the cold and moisture?
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vatorman09-Mar-2008 04:10
Great shot and worth the wait and all those you helped are thankful too; I would hope. (What we won't do for 'that shot.')
Guest 09-Mar-2008 01:47
too funny... anything for a train eh!
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