Photo Of The Day By Riccardo Zambelloni

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Frozen” by Riccardo Zambelloni. Location: French Alps

Photo By Riccardo Zambelloni

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Frozen” by Riccardo Zambelloni. Location: French Alps.

“It’s true when they say: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather for photographers,’” says Zambelloni. “I was recently exploring the French Alps in December and, while snowshoeing deep amongst these wonderful giants, I got caught in a sudden and pretty severe blizzard. What in the beginning was a very nice wintry hike in a ‘whiteout’ day quickly became a nasty run back towards my car with 80+ Km/h winds and -25° to -38°C temperatures (not to mention the increased risk of avalanches). Even though I found myself in a pretty dangerous situation and I wanted to get to a safe place as soon as possible, I still kept an eye open for possible compositions to shoot. The high winds kept blowing low clouds around the surrounding peaks, creating all sorts of frames and patterns. This mountain you see here really caught my attention and, once assessed I was in a relatively safe spot, I waited for the right clouds and light to align with the peak. Needless to say, it took a bit of waiting in those grueling temperatures to get the shot I envisioned, but I think it was worth it in the end. Of course, I took this handheld. Pointless to use a tripod in 80+ Km/h winds. Now, safety is the most important thing when photographing outdoors and especially mountains. I always double check the weather before heading out and during the hike I usually check the weather radar if I have enough coverage. This was the first time I got surprised by the weather and, even though I made it out safe and sound and also with some nice shots, it wasn’t a nice experience at all. Be careful out there, folks!!!”

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