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Winter's Scene: Fence on a Snow covered Hill



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15 Comments |
ErrolFW
 
ErrolFW April 10, 2016
Beautiful.
adavies PRO+
 
adavies April 25, 2016
Lovely capture! Nicely done! Welcome to ViewBug! Looking forward to seeing more:)
Workshopphotos
 
Workshopphotos October 17, 2016
Totally amazing
HelenRea
 
HelenRea October 18, 2016
Very nice work Khalli. :)))
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots November 23, 2016
Great capture! Congrats.
Coshooter
 
Coshooter November 23, 2016
Simple beauty! Congrats!
MRueffer PRO+
 
MRueffer March 28, 2017
Love love this
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography April 03, 2017
like it!
marcdewitt PRO
 
marcdewitt August 11, 2017
Minimalist rendering, great composition. Very well done.
priyaselvan
 
priyaselvan January 09, 2018
Simply beautiful!!!!!!
fabs
 
fabs February 24, 2018
Beautiful
douglasunger Platinum
 
douglasunger August 12, 2018
Awesome capture, Jim!
LFPhotos PRO
 
LFPhotos June 13, 2019
Unique shot. This photo will highlight my challenge Fences - viewbug.com/challenge/fences-photo-challenge-by-luferom . Please, submit it. Thanks.
beckyreding PRO
 
beckyreding November 16, 2022
Love this
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch Jan 05
Excellent Minimalist image!
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Behind The Lens

Location

This photo was taken along a rural road just behind a Mennonite school just outside of Kitchener, Ontario where I live. The fence ran along the hills that the school backed onto. The country side was covered in a good foot of snow, with the snow deeper in the valleys between the hills.

Time

The photo was taken just at noon, on a very cold crisp day. The snow had finished falling for the day but the sun was still hidden behind the clouds creating a bright haze. Being that it was noon, the light that did emerge from the clouds was high in the sky at a slight angle behind the scene causing little in the way of shadow.

Lighting

The haze and the fresh snow caused the scene be to stark and harsh which caught my attention along with the path of the fence as it appeared and disappeared from view by the snow covered hills backed by the two trees. The light through strong and harsh produced very subtle shadows from the trees and fence, adding to the starkness.As stated above, the light was harsh due to the fresh snow and haze from the clouds, the tree and fence was dark. All in all, it was close to being a natural occurring black and white scene with stark contrasts.

Equipment

This shot was taken with a Canon SX50 HS. f/5.0 1/1250 33mm ISO 200. Hand held as shutter speed was not a worry.

Inspiration

I have always been intrigued by the way light and shadow play off each other. Here due to the bleakness of the scene, the contrasts were quite evident. It was a fairly minimalist setting, snow. hills, trees and fence which heightened that play. The photo has an unseen diagonal running through the photo allowing the contrasts to play out, with the upper left holding shadow(darkness) and form opposed to the lower right having light(snow) and stark emptiness.

Editing

There was some processing of the highlights and contrast, softening the highlights some, so that the subtle shadows were slightly more evident. I did a crop adjustment condensing the area of play somewhat while removing some unwanted edge distractions.

In my camera bag

I just purchased the 7D last November and have since built up my 'bag'. I now carry a Canon EFS 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, a Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, a Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II, (or a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS depending on need) . I also carry a Tiffen variable ND and a Tiffen cir Polarizer.

Feedback

Any winter scene has the obvious, dress for the weather, look in the unusual places, and be prepared to find things in unexpected places. Try to get out while the snow has that fresh crisp look, be it early before a melt, after a fresh freeze or wind scrapping. And as always watch for the play between light and shadow, which snow allows to materialize more often.

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