Mallard Landing.©Jason Savage
Well we’re almost there. Rounding that last corner down the homestretch straight out of winter. It’s so close, but yet so far away….
That’s at least how I felt last Sunday as I was getting pounded by a fierce early spring snowstorm. Boy was that cold!
I was heading to Freezeout Lake last Sunday but due to one nasty storm I didn’t quite make it. The roads and visibility were so bad, getting decent shots of snow geese would have been a pointless venture.
So I decided to pack it up and head back to Helena, where I spent most of the day freezing my butt off to get some shots of some Mallard ducks near town.
Mallard Snowstorm.©Jason Savage
With adverse weather conditions, sometimes it’s much easier to spend the day admiring it from behind a window in your warm home, rather than embracing the drudgery. But with all adversity, there always seems to be a silver lining. Weather included.
I find more often than not that the extreme conditions can not only ad a dramatic mood to your image, but it can offer amazing backdrops and certain elements that you normally would never be able to capture in ideal conditions.
Wigeon Drake.©Jason Savage
With that being said, did I spend all day standing out in a wet heavy snowstorm for some of the aforementioned benefits added to my images. Well, maybe not, but any day out photographing Montana, beats sitting at home watching it out the window.