As Winter is losing its grip on New England, I thought it might be interesting to have a short series of images that show some of the beauty that the coldest season presents.
This was an image from last year’s outing with John Slonina Photography along the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast. It was a blustery day with gray skies, but sufficient sunlight to make for wonderful photographic opportunities.
It’s not often that we get enough snow to stay on a beach, such as we see here; usually, wind and sea spray will clear the snow over a matter of days. This beach was beautifully presented with this snow, as nobody had traversed it yet; the dune fence and grasses provide some interest against the leaden sky above the ocean.
Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and a EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. Exposure settings were 1/125 second at f/14 at 200 ISO. A circular polarizing filter was used.
A Fresh Perspective
Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment.
Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael.
My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals.
My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation.
This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections.
Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client.
And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!
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11 thoughts on “Winter’s Beauty – pt 1”
I love this photo – you don’t often get snow on a beach! It may not be beach weather, but it could’t be better for a great shot!
Haiku for you
Silvery gray sky
Fence row set amongst a drift
Willowy grass blows.
May I post your image on my page?
Yes, you may, as I love your haiku!!!
Thank you and great! How would you like your image credited?
Simply to Frank Jansen Photography. Thank you for asking!
I have never seen snow on a beach before. Beautiful.
Thank you! It was a very snowy winter last year, which provided great opportunities for lots of interesting photography.
Nice composition! I like the curves of the grass.