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dieter December 18, 2016
Stunning capture Alex.
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alextemina December 23, 2016
Thanks a lot :D
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Fujiguy December 22, 2016
Power and cold personified. Burrrrrrr!
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alextemina December 23, 2016
hehe, yeah... and very windy!
 
jamiesarkett December 22, 2016
Congratulations - wonder image
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alextemina December 23, 2016
Thank you!
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Hamburgensie December 22, 2016
Wonderful photo! Reminds me if.my childhood spent partly on Swedish Lappland.
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alextemina December 23, 2016
Quite similar, I guess. Thanks for the nice words!
 
LasVegasPilot January 12, 2017
The shear determination to get this shot is what's most appealing. In my mind you were standing in waist deep snow, freezing, waiting for the right moment.

No signs of life.



I spent my Easter at Ål doign what Norwegians do: eating, skiing, playing board games and watching movies.
I was charmed.
I learned to cross countr...
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I spent my Easter at Ål doign what Norwegians do: eating, skiing, playing board games and watching movies.
I was charmed.
I learned to cross country and I had time to make really wonderful pictures. Not because of me but because it is difficult ot make a bad pictures with the landscapes you can see there.
We went to the high mountains there one day, and a snot storm came to us. They are really unpredictable so we couldn't scape it. Before getting into the car to save my life, I shot this.
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Behind The Lens

Location
In the mountains of Ål, at the center of Norway. We went out to sky but couldn't... A storm raised in no time and I had a perfect chance to make a photo of that - hopefully - abandoned house. It's good to have your camera hanging at all times, so you don't miss moments like this one.
Time
This was probably around noon, on Easter. But with that amount of clouds and fog, together with the snow, it's very difficult to know where the sun is. If any. The good thing of having this fog is that the light was very soft, which helped a lot to take a great photo.
Lighting
I didn't have to work too much on the light, just playing with it to show the more detail of the snow possible, which is always a difficult task.
Equipment
This is a Nikon D5300 camera with a Sigma 10-20 mm wide angle lens. No tripod, no flash, nothing else. Just had to make it as quick as possible before getting in the car again to not get buried in the snow.
Inspiration
The unique moment of being in the middle of a great snow storm. It was too late to think about the risk of getting out of the car. That abandoned house did the rest, I knew the photo was going to be quite special. I got out the car, aimed and shot, and got in the car again. it was less than 5 seconds, and I almost froze anyways. The house wouldn't be like that otherwise, since they would have probably removed the snow after the storm. This makes the look of loneliness and solitude, it's the ironic contrast of showing a relaxing tranquility when the photo was made in the middle of a great storm. Maybe that is what it makes it special.
Editing
Just typical Lightroom editing. I played with lights, shadows and contrast to make the photo as soft as possible. I like to make my photos get a painting look, and that normally comes with softening the contrast, putting up shadows and putting down lights. Sometimes you want sharp images and you have to do the contrary, of course, but it's easy to know when a photo will gain in quality giving it a painting like look.
In my camera bag
Just the camera and a couple of lenses, a wide angle one, a 35mm fix one, and not much more. Of course, and extra battery is very important, and maybe a couple of ND filters. I'm not a professional and that is enough for me. Also carrying more make it very unconfortable... just the fact of having to change lenses some times is very tedious when you have to make a quick photo, which is what I normally do.
Feedback
Wow, just getting this question asked is very flattering to me. I'm no one to give tips, but I can tell what helped me. I could give you tips about how to compose, where to focus, how to edit to make the best parts of the photo stand out, or which lenses are better. But I don't think that is what matter. Go out and take photos. Take more. You think you are taking more than enough? It's never enough. Each photo is going to teach you a thousand more things than any tip a person you don't know could give you. Make more, make lots of photos, spend days editing them, and, of course, enjoy. Enjoy a lot. Every time you make the cycle of: going out -> taking photos -> selecting the best and studying the worst -> editing them -> publish them somewhere where they give constructive criticism -> learning -> getting sad because the criticism was not so good -> use that energy to go out and take better photos you learn millions of things. Don't worry if you feel that suddenly your pictures are not as good as the last batch, that is normal. When you learn 10 new things that makes you change the way you do things in the cycle mentioned before, you have to adapt and learn again, and you will make new mistakes that may give the impression that you got worse. Don't worry. every time you go down, you get up again in a higher place. And so on. One last thing is: follow your favorite photographers and study their pictures. Go to talks and talk to people. Show your photos and ask for criticism. "That is very good" doesn't help, trust me. "The photo tells me nothing" help 1000 times more. I would recommend Viewbug to have a "criticism section" in the web, so people can give you actual value instead of just saying "Good catch!"

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