Pic of the Month: February ’10

Standing Alone

Standing Alone - Canon 40D, 31mm, f/16, 1/8sec, ISO 200

There’s something about taking pictures at this time of year–it’s just really hard to find anything colorful. Though in winter it is the nature photographer’s goal to find and showcase hidden color, there are times when it simply doesn’t exist. Hence, one must compensate with high contrast and well defined shapes. For shapes to work, however, they will usually need to be positioned against a solid background, a challenge in timberland environs. Of the many snow-blanketed trees I shot that morning, this maple was the only one that popped out enough from the background to make it worth displaying

If I were to shoot this picture again, I would lower my tripod considerably to conceal more of the distracting snow-plowed road and the black line on the bottom right of the picture. This would also have allowed more of the tree to be visible against the sky. I think the pine tree on the left gives good depth, but the dark bushes on the right are distracting, seeing they are not clearly defined. Perhaps moving closer to the tree and pulling back on the zoom would have made for a more dynamic image. What do you think?


  1. Michael March 1, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    Very good thoughts. It’s a nice picture. I’ve been impressed standing at the base of some large oak trees around here looking up into the large snow-covered branches spreading out against the sky. Maybe I’ll include one of those in my next post.

  2. James March 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    I just got some more winter pictures up on Lenspiration! You can view them on lenspiration.com under All Photographs.

  3. Jordin March 2, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Beautiful picture! The road is cool to me, pine tree is awesome!

  4. Daniel Staddon March 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    I love how each branch is perfectly outlined in glistening whiteness!

  5. Martin Family March 4, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    We love it! Yet again, James, you have captured God’s grace and majesty all in one shot! Thank you for taking the time to learn more and more about photography in order to show more and more of God!!!

  6. Dana March 19, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Very nice shot. I agree with “If I were to shoot again…”, but I doubt that I would have thought of that at the time however, cold day, I would have probably been thinking of a warm fire.


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