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This was captured on a cold winter's day in Holland Michigan. There is something fresh and unique to winter that I simply love. Thanks for taking the time to vi...
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This was captured on a cold winter's day in Holland Michigan. There is something fresh and unique to winter that I simply love. Thanks for taking the time to view, favor, and comment, I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.
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annettevannus
 
annettevannus July 30, 2015
just beautiful.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 August 11, 2015
I love this :)
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 August 11, 2015
Congrats!! :)
Following-Footprints
 
Following-Footprints August 11, 2015
Fantastic!! Great shot.
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments August 11, 2015
Brilliant!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins August 12, 2015
beautiful! Congratulations!
PhilMcCabe PRO
 
PhilMcCabe August 13, 2015
Great shot - congrats!
MRueffer
 
MRueffer August 25, 2015
Beautiful!
JGallery
 
JGallery August 30, 2015
I love your edit here... just fascinating! Did you do the HDR and layer yourself? or just manipulate in PS?

Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken in Holland Michigan
Time
It was right around midday when this was captured.
Lighting
The thing to keep in mind when shooting in harsh sunlight is to work the angles. The sun was to my right at a 45 degree angle.
Equipment
canon 40 d, with a 17 -40 lens, on a tripod.
Inspiration
One of the many things I love about shooting in the winter is that a fresh snowfall can eliminate elements, and add a certain simplicity to a scene.
Editing
This one was rather simple. I chose to give it a bit of a dreamy look so I didn't over sharpen. I did tweak the contrast just a bit and then created an adjustment layer to remove the yellow in the clouds.
In my camera bag
My camera body, several lens, an assortment of filters, extra batteries, a charger, lens cloth and an extra memory card.
Feedback
Typically I'm not in a hurry when I arrive at a location. I do spend more time wandering around and just observing. What I'm doing is looking for just the right combination of elements. It's simply a series of simple questions I ask myself when I explore a scene. Does this element fit ? or not ?, and what would make this even better ? When you take the time to do that, your developing a habit that will help you refine your focus of intent. The other thing to keep in mind when shooting in cold weather is to make sure you acclimate your camera to the external environment. If you don't take the time to do this you risk getting condensation inside either the camera or the lens. You can either use your camera bag or a zip lock baggie. The other thing I do is I also keep spare batteries in my pocket. The cold temps tend to drain batteries quite rapidly, so it pays to be prepared.

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