Weather Art

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Like any good photojournalist, after a good snow storm, you make weather feature pictures where ever you can. Covering the same area for the last 4 years has its advantages – you have a mental address book of all the good sledding areas. I started off going to the areas I knew would produce good pictures but I also kept an eye out for a few new unique locations along the way. It worked out pretty well. Special thanks to my Subaru for driving me through areas that my last car would have easily given up in. Click through for more pictures. Enjoy.

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On Assignment: Dealing With Bad Weather

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

Last Saturday, Oct. 8, was some of the worst weather I have had to work through in years.  It was 40 degrees, windy and raining. Throughout the day, the rain turned into snow then back into rain and finally back into snow. Surprise, surprise, all of my assignments were outside for the day. When I arrived at my first assignment it was immediately clear what the story would be: mud. Instead of a standard feature assignment, it became a giant weather assignment. I laced up my boots, headed into the pumpkin patch and concentrated on finding the muddiest pumpkins and people.

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Weather Art

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I made this picture a couple of weeks ago during the first snow storm of the new year. It was actually new years eve but it continued to snow so I am gonna stick with that idea. I don’t go out and make weather pictures for every snowfall or rain storm. Sometimes its nice to have a little break from sports assignments and environmental portraits (which makes up a majority of my work load each week). I was really going for a feeling of cold and solitude. I think that is probably how I was feeling anyway as most of the staff decided to make it a 3 day weekend.

Crazy Dog! RUN!

© Matthew Jonas 2010

Actually I was just making sure that my 70-200 f2.8L was sharp. I just got it back from Canon on Monday and haven’t really had a chance to test it out. Looks good to me.

Weather Art

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“Weather art” or “feature photos” are what we make pictures of when there really isn’t anything else to do. Don’t get me wrong, I like doing it (occasionally).  It can be a great opportunity to get out of doing a lot of other more boring (but equally important) assignments. The nice thing about shooting “weather art” or “feature photos” is that it is completely unstructured. There are no defined subjects, no stories (although it can lead to stories), no reporters to meet up and no start or end of the assignment. It’s a completely self assigned story. I am free to go where ever and make pictures of who/what ever I feel like. I have assembled a collection of images from the last year or so mainly focused on snow.

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