Winter Storm Leon dumped two inches of snow on Chapel Hill on Jan. 28. Photos from Daily Tar Heel photographers Katie Sweeney, Aramide Gbadamosi and Kearney Ferguson.
Here, each photographer describes how they got their photos.
“As I do every time it snows in North Carolina, I went out to capture the weather and students’ reactions to it. I grew up in the north, so I’ve always found it interesting that many southerners have never seen snow at all. Because it was so dark at 12 AM, I brought a sturdy tripod and took a 30 second exposure (at an aperture of f18 and at ISO 100) to minimize camera shake. This allowed me to capture the trails of students who stopped by the Old Well to take pictures (but mostly threw snowballs at each other).”
I went out in the snow fairly early, so I wasn’t sure if anyone would be playing in it. Sure enough, there were four girls attracting a rather large crowd in the middle of the pit. They made a fort and were throwing snowballs at every passerby. It was one of the more exciting things I’ve photographed, because they were so energetic and hilarious. Right before I walked away, they made sure to throw one at me too.