I was working up in Scotland back in March 2011 so I gave myself a couple of days off to do some photography. As it happened the fresh fall of snow turned out to be a mixed blessing and I turned off my intended route because of appalling driving conditions and settled down on Rannock Moor instead.
It wasn’t quite a white out but there was certainly no point taking pictures so I thought I’d have a bit of a play in the snow.
I wanted to try making a shelter along the lines of a quinzhee with the minimum of snow possible and you can read more about that on the snow shelters page. As visibility improved, I realised there was an opportunity for a headline picture to illustrate an article on my Ravenlore site.
While digging snow for the shelter I had come across an old fireplace almost in the entrance to the shelter. Using an old roasting tray that I keep in the van for impromptu cook ups, I set this in the fireplace for the twin benefits of cooking my dinner and providing the light I would need for this shot.
Setting the camera on a tripod I made a few test shots to see how to balance the fading natural light with the illumination cast by the fire. The interval timer came in handy once again with an exposure just under 2 seconds.