When I first got up this morning, the weather was a mixture of sunshine and cloud. It felt cold so I was surprised that there wasn’t any frost on the ground, however it wasn’t long before the sky started to darken and a few gorgeous little flakes of snow started to fall.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, Ireland is not blessed with a snowy climate, so even just a few flakes gets us all excited; the Twitter machine goes bonkers with various reports around the country of how much snow is falling and settling. I have to admit I’m also one of those, I get so excited I just have to share my enjoyment whether people are interested or not.
It snowed a couple of times with outbreaks of sunshine in-between, so nothing was settling. To be honest I didn’t expect much so was happy in the comfort of my home just watching it fall out of the sky, I found it relaxing and hypnotic.
Then just after lunch it became dark again and within minutes it was a complete blizzard. The snow by this time was falling thick and fast, and I was excitedly taking pictures through the window with my iPhone.
As the snow continued, so did my photography.
Most photos that I take on my iPhone I will either share on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, including anyone that might be interested. In this instance it was Deric Hartigan, Irish Weather Presenter. Imagine my excitement when I received a message from Deric saying that I needed to watch the TV3 weather at 6.30pm as my photo was chosen as picture of the day.
So 6.30pm arrived and I waited in front of the TV, camera on tripod in video mode and iPhone ready to take pictures. I was full of nervous excitement, here is a snapshot of the event.
I wasn’t the only one that got my photo recognised today though. A fellow blogger Magnumlady based in Sligo, Ireland, also took a picture that was in great demand by the media. A wonderful photo that deserves a look.
A few valuable lessons learnt today – you don’t need a top of the range camera to take a pleasing shot and you don’t have to venture far, don’t dismiss what is in your immediate area, and don’t give up just because you don’t have an all-singing-all-dancing camera. Photography is in the photographer and the moment.