Black & White Photography in the Snow

playing outside in the snow, carmel, indiana

Snow day! That means it’s time to head outside and create some black & white photography in the snow!

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There was big, heavy, wet snow this morning, and I went outside to take some pretty photos and video of giant snowflakes falling. In fact, I have a nice, 60-second pretty snow video you can watch here.

The beautiful scene soon gave way to thick slush and muck with the muddy ground underneath. Which I did not mind at all. It made for more dynamic photos!

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winter, sledding in the snow, carmel, indiana, black & white

Working the Scene

While a lot of what I photograph is taken in the course of daily life, it’s still takes a good deal of time and effort. There’s a reason why photographers use the phrase “working a scene.” Paying attention to our surroundings and surveying a scene from different perspectives and vantage points is work! Enjoyable work, but work nonetheless.

I’m spending a good amount of time getting a set of varied images. I went out three different times today! I took a different lens each time to get a slightly different perspective.

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Before the third time I went out, I was feeling like I wasn’t CLOSE enough to the action, so I took my widest lens (a 24mm) and really got down in the snow and dirt in order to be a part of the action. And I’m glad I did because I got a few of my favorite photos on the last outing of the day.

winter, dog in the snow, carmel, indiana, black & white, great pyrenees
winter, sledding in the snow, carmel, indiana, black & white

Related Posts

If you want to see more black & white photography in the snow (and a few color photos, too) check out these other winter posts.

Author: Zach Dobson

Zach Dobson is a documentary and commercial photographer based in Indianapolis. He holds a degree in journalism from Indiana University with a concentration in photography. Since starting his business in 2006, Zach has focused on documenting people’s lives and businesses in action. Zach’s client list includes the Indiana Pacers, Coca-Cola, the AARP, ZipCar, Indiana University, Visit Bloomington, Hamilton County Tourism, Land O’Lakes, RIOT LA Comedy Festival, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana High School Athletic Association. Zach is a Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers [ASMP]. He resides in Carmel, Ind. with his wife and business partner, Courtney, and their five children.

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