Professional photographer Michael Davies from Baffin Island, in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada sought out to capture the perfect photograph of a ring of snow around a setting sun using hot tea. “Around 1 p.m. I jumped on my Ski-Doo along with my friend Markus and we drove 45 minutes up to the top of a nearby mountain where the light would hit the hills,” said Davies.
The duo packed multiple thermoses filled with hot tea and only had a 2.5-hour window of sunlight, leaving little room for error, “I followed the temperature, I watched for calm wind, planned the shot and set it up,” he said. “Even the sun in the middle of the spray was something I was hoping for.”
Timing seemed to be in their favor that day because they both walked away with the perfect money shot: the one with the sun in the middle of the snow spray. Once hot water is thrown into the air at subzero temperatures, a cloud of ice crystals is created.