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Spring storm dumps snow in New England

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The tail lights of a car traveling down a road during a spring snowstorm leave a light trail in this 30-second time exposure in Freeport, Maine on Friday, April 1.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Motorists make their way north during a spring snowstorm on Interstate 295 in Freeport, Maine on Friday, April 1.

 Photographer Robert Bukaty of the Associated Press tells us how he made the picture (top):

Outside the Frame: 30 seconds in the snow

FREEPORT, Maine — The last time I covered a snowstorm, I made a decent photo of an SUV that was straddling a guard rail after it went off the interstate. I figured I’d probably end up taking pictures of cars off the road again today (which I ultimately did), but I tried to think of something different to shoot to start the day. I started thinking it would be cool to do some time exposures of red tail lights in the blue, pre-dawn darkness, leaving the shutter open for several seconds to capture the moving lights. The trouble is, when it’s snowing this hard, it can be difficult to find a safe place to pull off the road.  So I just walked down my driveway and set my camera on a tripod. After taking a test shot, I decided to go with a 30-second exposure. Then I waited for somebody to drive by — three cars and one plow passed in a half-hour, and I got my shot.  I was out just long enough for me and my camera to get soaking wet.

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