After living in NY for 11 years, one thing that I've always wanted to do was walk over the Brooklyn Bridge during a snowfall. Well, last week I finally got the opportunity. I was able to not only shoot the bridge as a subject but also use it as a background element and even to use it to gain perspective for a few shots. I took only my Tamron 28-300 VC, which I was convinced stood for Very Cold like the temperature, but actually having the VC was a huge asset for a couple of the shots. In fact, they likely would have been impossible to take without VC. Take for example the cab zooming through the snow covered steel. It was shot hand held at 1/10 of a second at 60mm at f11. I needed to have the shutter speed slow enough to get the blur and the aperture small enough to have the foreground in focus. This combination let me go to 1/10 of a second shutter speed which would have been nearly impossible to hand hold without VC technology. The same goes for the birds flying off the bridge. It was shot at 1/125th of a second at 300mm. The shutter speed was perfect to show the movement of the birds wings but quick enough to still see that they are in fact birds. In this image the VC kept the bridge sharp even at 300mm.
You might expect to see cross country skiing in the snow, but this is a rare glimpse at cross city skiing.