Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty, as tomorrow’s temperature might be positively Spring-like!
This image goes back to 2010, as I decided to take a little detour during my daily commute. The sky was doing beautiful things, and it came to me that there might be an opportunity at Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, to get something worth shooting.
Luckily, I had my tripod with me, as I wound up shooting a series of 5 shots around a mid-level exposure to combine them into this HDR image. This allowed me to get the drama in the clouds clearly translated into the image.
I hope that you enjoy this cold shot!
Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens. The middle exposure settings were 1/30 second at f/22 at 160 ISO, and 4 additional shots were taken at -2, -1, +1 and +2 EV (Exposure Value). The images were processed in Photomatix Pro.
Winter is one of my favorite seasons, as it has this great ability to reduce the color palette of the world around us. Additionally, winter tends to quiet the environment, in which we find ourselves, particularly during or shortly after a fresh snow.
Thus, Winter is a great enabler for getting landscapes that are stark with a sense of being alone, no world intruding upon our moment in the space-time continuum. Such a moment I captured this week in this image. A Sun that is highly filtered by the gray sky, a grouping of trees and an expanse of snow covered field with a single set of tracks.
As we’re wrapping up the week, I figured it might be a good opportunity to look back a couple of years, when I took this photograph. Although I didn’t give it a title right away, I have come to call this image ‘Winter Revisited’; this sprang forth more from going back to this image again and again than anything in the subject matter, other than the obvious.
This shot was taken on February 7, 2014, at Rocky Pond in Boylston, Massachusetts; this is along one of the variants of my commute. I had pulled over, because I wanted to see what could be done with the sun’s warm glare off the ice, juxtaposed against the blue of the morning sky. Nothing really satisfied my desire to create something worthwhile, so I walked a bit along the edge of the pond.
That is when I noticed the frost still on this small brush and how the frost had grown into fractal patterns along the branches and twigs. Looking through the frosty brush toward the sun, the overhanging tree provided a nice bit of framing to the photo. All in all, I felt, and still feel, pretty good about the end result.
You’ll notice that a good percentage of my photography doesn’t adhere to the standard edict of keeping the sun in your back to properly light your subject. There are plenty of times when that is a good idea, but I find that allowing light to come from some more unconventional angles can provide dramatic images. Of course, for portrait photography it is not at all unusual to put the sun behind your subjects and use flash to light them; that provides for pleasing edge lighting (aka hair lighting) and full control of the light you put on their faces.
Using the sun to a similar effect in landscape images provides rather nice results, such as in this image, where the hoar frost gets to stand out rather than disappear.
This photo was taken with an iPhone 5S. With a minor bit of Photoshop work, I was able to enlarge the image for a large print with rather dramatic results. Thus far, I have printed it on 2’x2′ acrylic, which lifts the glow from the sun’s glare off the ice even more.
Hopefully you enjoyed this image, and, thank you for reading my ramblings!