10 thoughts on “There’s Snow Business Like Snow Business”

  1. The conversation was casual and the invitation was a part of the flow, but it was sincere. It was an invitation to have some fun. I am so glad you took it like this, as an adventure. The results were fun, exciting and rich in discovery.

    Hair conditioner and baking powder? Shaving foam, what the hey? Oh man, this is absolutely the first I have heard of anything like this. It is very interesting and very different from my, umm… lab. Is the mix something you can sculpt, make forms of? Does it harden when it dries?

    The single pumpkin on snow with a cellphone under it is close to how I did some of mine. A creative hack, I’d call it. Works like a charm and does the job. No wires anywhere.

    It’s refreshing to see colour in the snow, not just yellow snow. The colourful accessories give the series a palette of it’s own. I like it very much. I also like the guitar troopers. Together with the pumpkin they make a delightfully carol-esque duo. They couldn’t play, of course, fingers frozen…

    All in all this is a wonderful post. It makes me look at my own photographs differently and I welcome that. I hope you enjoyed this impromptu to the cold and didn’t make too much of a mess. 🙂

    1. Again, thank you for the invitation to play in your wintry wonderland. You invited me to have fun, and I definitely did!

      Yeah, the hair conditioner recipe?! I was skeptical too. But, it really was cool to the touch? And yes, it can be formed into shapes! I was a little rushed to concoct, shoot and tidy the mess before my wife returned from work, so I only made a small batch knowing it would end in the bin following its use. I don’t know how long it lasts? Next time I make some, I’ll keep it stored in a container and let you know how it ages.

      I can only assume the caroling troopers renditions were rather butchered versions of the classics due to their frozen fingers. I on the other hand had nimble fingers. Unlike shooting on a frozen, frosty morning last winter where I discovered the pain of shooting in sub-zero conditions. I’ll take Frankenstein snow any day!

      I really had a wonderful time shooting in the snow. And I was fortunate that it didn’t get too messy….this time! 😉

  2. It was nice to read your approach to the invitation, the flow of thoughts is so underrated in a toy picture while i think is part of the art.
    I should challenge myself with snow, probably during next month, because it is definitely out of my confort zone!

    1. Oh, there’s nothing like taking on a new adventure, especially if it’s a challenge and/or something that wouldn’t be normally attempted.
      It never snows where we live. Well, it does, in the middle of winter and there’s a few hours drive in the car to find it. So this was out of my comfort zone.
      Plus, it was nice to shoot in the snow with warm fingers! 😛

  3. Great post, Brett! I love that you took Vesa’s invitation and ran with it, the results are fantastic! Once I started reading I thought, “Oh man I hope he shares how he made that snow…” because the effect is perfect! I thought for a minute that you had some bizarre weather in your neck of the woods.

    In the past I’ve used powdered sugar for snow, with mixed results. I will definitely try this mixture and see how I like it!

    1. Thanks James.
      No freaky weather here, just freaky concoctions in the kitchen! I was pleasantly surprised at the results of mixing conditioner and baking soda. I’d love to know who first thought of mixing those two to make snow?!
      It was super fun shooting with snow, especially when we never see the real stuff without a car trip. I’ll definitely be visiting the mock snow fields again!

  4. Very cool post (no pun intended)… the recipe for snow is something I, like others here, will have to try out. The only time I’ve tried a “snow” image I made my snow in the Thermomix with a bunch of ice… it made good snow, but meant I had to be ready to go quick smart due to the melt.

    And then I had to use an overlay to simulate the snow on the shoulders of the subjects… your method here has a much nicer result and is something I may have to steal, I mean, be inspired by.

    I also LOVE how you the illumination of the pumpkin head worked. I had thought it was maybe a single LED put inside.

    As always, beautiful work that keeps the viewers enthralled by the result and now inspired by the information. Thanks always for sharing.

    1. Thank James.

      I’ve tried ice too. It looked great..for about 2 minutes! It quickly resembled a Slurpee left in a hot car!

      A dusting of baking soda sieved over the scene adds the perfect show on shoulders etc.

      Thanks for you lovely feedback mate.

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