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Such a relaxing icy sauna for wampa… Even wampa deserves a day off.
I took my boys to school this morning and it was frigid! And I mean frigid… It was 6 degrees F. Bitterly cold. I don’t know what I was thinking. I don’t know why I thought it would be a good time to stop and take pictures. I liked the thick frost that had formed on everything during the night and the snow piling on the long june grass made for some excellent little pockets of glowing caves.
I guess that is what made me get out. Within seconds my fingers were no longer there. They had become numb, and still I strived for a shot. The snow turned out to be very hard to work with because it was not packed down at all. It was so cold that the snow flakes had come to rest in a stillness that left tons of air between each flake. I could literally blow the snow with one little puff through 8 inches and clear it to the ground below. This was not ideal for my wampa figure. I set him down ready to position him and he disappeared instantaneously. I hadn’t been smart enough to bring gloves so reaching through the puffy snow seemed to cut my hands with coldness. I could actually feel the sharp edges of the flakes as I brushed them aside.
I worked with what I had and added snow to the cave to compact it. I had to add like four times the snow to compact it enough to hold my Wampa. It worked though and the lighting had the glow I was looking for. I wanted a warmth to the shot even though Hoth is far from warm. I wanted the wampa to seem comfortable as he relaxed in a cave of fresh deep snow. I think I succeeded here but I still think something is missing from this shot and I am not sure what it is?