Its not unknown but fairly unusual to have snow in Christchurch. Usually get a few flurries and it might sit on the ground for a few hours but gone by next day. About 3 weeks ago we had the third biggest snowfall in about 70 years, it lasted a good couple of days and the city was snowbound for the first one and icebound for the second. Luckily I had my laptop so could work from home
They started forecasting a snow front for lots of parts of the country on Thursday last week. And Sunday dawned lovely and sunny until the afternoon, then a front went through and it eventually began snowing with intent late in the day. So our second decent snow in one winter, and I have no idea the last time *that* happened. And its supposed to linger for 3 days in total. And it started snowing again a few hours ago, and my car windscreen is covered with a couple of cm again
This is my place about 11am this morning
And this is the view from the corner up the street
And the hills behind us that you very rarely see due to the weather, and in the 6+ years I have lived here, I have never seen them like this
We got a good 20 – 30 cm, and deeper in some places where the wind has drifted it. It was light and fluffy, not hard and icy like the last time. In a brief moment of blue sky I got out with the new camera and took some shots.
I have spent some time researching the 7D and all the setup options, its very confusing but I think I have it mostly setup how it needs to be. Its very very very fast at focussing and taking the image, and a lot quieter on silent mode. I only had issues with it not finding focus with one shot, and it was not coping with finding focus on a big patch of snow, I can forgive that.
Am still working out how to select the focus point manually – it has so many I have to use the dial and the joystick which can be a bit of fluffing around. Its my first real use of it with these photos since I got it, and I am happy with them. Was shooting on P and the snow looks fairly nicely exposed, some shots are a bit greyer than others, but Im not too bothered, these were essentially snapshots recording the event for posterity