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Groundhog Day Storm Has Major Impact on Travel

2011 - Day 33. Feb. 2, 2011.

Daily Shoot - Pretend you're a stringer for your local newspaper today. Make a photo that captures something newsworthy to you ( http://www.dailyshoot.com/assignments/444 ) .

School buses are cancelled and roads in and out of town are closed, but the 'Groundhog Day Storm' is less severe than some of the conditions we've already experienced this winter. With my headline in mind, I went snowshoeing on the Georgian Trail to get shots of cross-country skiers. While I shot several good journalistic photos, this out of focus one really appeals to me. I had been using manual focus because the fat snowflakes were driving the autofocus motor insane. Inspired by Jeff's abstract storm shot yesterday ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffm211/5408920389/ ) I decided to turn autofocus back on to try to focus on the snow itself. I like the result - not a journalistic photo, but one that tells a story just the same.

BTW, groundhog Wiarton Willie predicted there would only be six more weeks of winter!

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From Photoblog 2011