Winter Art

The first snow this year of any significance fell on January 9. After snowing an inch or so in the morning, the clouds thinned and it appeared the day would be rather dull. However, come late afternoon, a sudden darkness of clouds came in and within a few minutes, it began to snow again. By January 10, there was quite a bit of snow, perfect for black and white photography

{B&Wwinter} Bad hair dayAs I walked and biked through the forest and fields around our home, I was impressed at the intricate and abstract designs the snow created on the gnarly tree branches. This snow fall was the perfect time for this kind of picture.

{BandWwinter} Impressing shadowsHaving walked to the very top of Buffalo Calf Road, I noticed the interesting shapes that the tire tracks and tree shadows created. Pointing the camera almost directly into the sun, I had to be careful of lens flare because it was mid morning. A little manipulation of exposure was all it took to make the desired, and most effective mood.

{BandWwinter} Enchanted forestIt was getting late as I walked home from an evening photo trek through the woods. The wind had blown horizontally blanketing the trees on one side with snow and leaving the other side bear. This made for a unique, natural pattern which in the growing darkness became a wonderful image of mystery.

{BandWwinter} Surviving the winter For the past few days I had been aspiring to create more color and vivacity in my pictures. However, as my eyes scanned the black and white snow-scape, my hopes diminished as I realized the fact that there was very little color to be seen anywhere! But then I saw Michael’s bright green bee hives. They became a perfect subject to portray how life is still carried on amidst the harsh elements of the winter season.

4 Comments

  1. Esther and Emma January 12, 2007 at 7:16 pm #

    Very nice shots James. I can’t believe I missed the first snow fall! But thanks to you I didn’t totally miss it. Freshly fallen snow is such a beautiful component of God’s creation.

  2. Robert January 12, 2007 at 8:14 pm #

    Great pictures, James! I like how you did them in black and white. I love the caption on Photo 1, “Bad Hair Day”. Haha! What a great caption! 🙂

    Photo 2 creates some real nice and dynamic lighting and shadow effects but my favorite is Photo 4, “Surviving the Winter”. The magnitude of the winter’s snow and ice, in all its bleak and rugged desolation, contrast beautifully with the little green hives, portraying the hope that spring will come again. Very nice!

  3. Daniel January 13, 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    Wow! Incredible pictures. My favorities were 2 (such a splendid perspective) and 3 (full of silently ominous mystery). Keep shooting!

  4. James January 15, 2007 at 6:21 am #

    Esther,
    I am so glad you got the time to comment on the pictures. The snow was beautiful to say the least. God is very creative!

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