Winter in the city

With howling winds, frigid temperatures, and whiteout conditions, winter can be one very interesting season to photograph in!

Winter can be brutal if you don’t like the cold temperatures, icy conditions, and strong winds, but it certainly makes for beautiful photo opportunities. Nikon Z 9 with Z 24-120mm f/4 at 33.5mm, f/13, 1/800sec., ISO200.

Winter in Toronto starts in December and officially ends in March and this winter season has definitely made its mark every chance it got. January in particular proved to be quite the month if you like -30 degrees celsius temperatures, cold winds, and several feet of snow!

In fact it made such an impact on me that I ended up going out for 16 sunrises out of the possible 31 days. That’s a pretty decent record if you ask me. February in comparison had me out only about six out of the 28 possible days.

Ice-covered Lake Ontario is not your typical sight, but offered plenty of interesting subject matter. Nikon Z 9 with Z 24-120mm f/4, f/8.0, 1/60sec., ISO320.

To remember this particularly harsh winter season, I made sure to get out as much as I could to capture these lakeshore conditions that we rarely get to see. With temperature falling as low as -35 degrees Celsius with windchills some mornings, it made for some particularly difficult conditions to capture the moment.

Most—if not all—of the photos this past winter were taken with the Nikon Z 9. But the beauty of this camera is that it can also create up to 8k video. I decided to experiment with the video capabilities by filming various footages from my outings in the parks of Toronto during some of the most intense winter storms.

You can view the film in full 4k quality on my YouTube account, or just play the video below.

Camera: Nikon Z 9

Microphone: Sennheiser MKE 400

Filmed on location at various parks in Toronto.

Let me know what you think of the video, and if you’d like to see more like it!

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