Winter is here

Winter is here by V-Light
08.01.2015 | Donaupark, Vienna, Austria

 

Hello my dear friends,

Β  Winter has been going on strong for some weeks now in Austria. After Christmas it has snowed a few times inside Vienna as well and of course i was out taking photos every day. The reason why you haven’t seen any of these photos yet, is because i need to reinvent my editing process to make it suitable for snow. Snow is something new to me so i need to find new ways to capture it as i envision. I took some days off to refresh my brain and eyes and now i’m back to work! πŸ˜€ Brace yourselves! Winter photos are coming!

Β  Let’s start with something recent! This is a panoramic photo i took yesterday, 9 vertical frames, handheld. It was snowing at the moment and one thing i noticed as a newbie about this kind of weather is that when you have such a gray sky it’s really hard to make it look nice. But until now i didn’t have the luck of having a nice blue sky with fluffy clouds while the earth is still snowed! So this will do πŸ™‚

Β  Also i wanted to say a big thanks for all your lovely comments on my Hazy Sunset photo. You really gave me some food for thought and all of your suggestions were actually great! I’m very thankful to have such amazing and caring followers on my blog! β™₯ Hope you are all having a nice start in 2015! Cheers! πŸ˜€

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13 thoughts on “Winter is here

    1. That would be an option, yes πŸ™‚ But i don’t know, i’m a bit crazy when it comes to blown highlights, i avoid them as hell…But with snow it might actually look well. I will give it a try πŸ˜€ Thanks for the suggestion Javier!

  1. Lol!
    Welcome to the land of gray skies winter! πŸ˜€
    Gray sky, dizzy light and damped coloures are daily business for winter photographers in northern countries. Nothing to sugarcoat! πŸ˜‰
    Personally I try no to mask my photos but to take some, with exceptional light situations. Rare, but worth to be found! πŸ™‚
    Greetings from Stefan

    1. Hahaha πŸ˜€ Thank you Stefan! Yeah, well i have to get used to that! You can feel my struggle then! Most of my photos until now were taken in exceptional light situations, that’s why i don’t post that often. But with the snow i feel that if i wait for that exceptional light i might post 1 photo every month or so, not good for the traffic on my blog πŸ˜› I have taken many photos with snow in Vienna and even more during my x-mas visit in upper Austria, so i will choose a few and upload them anyway! They may not be exceptional but i couldn’t do anything about the sky…

        1. That could be an option too! I’m not much of a b&w type…but i will try to get more creative and test different processes cause i need to get unstuck πŸ˜›

  2. Nice shot Alex! I especially like the geese and the frosty foliage in the foreground – (that’s a lot of F-words, hehe) I also feel your pain with shooting snow. The histogram goes kind of crazy sometimes, and the gray skies can definitely be a booger. I think Ansel Adams was pretty well known for collecting skies from better days and sneaking them into his winter shots. One thing to keep your eyes open for, though: On really cold days, when the wind is blowing snow all around, you can sometimes catch sun-dogs in the sky from all of the ice crystals in the atmosphere. I know they are just another type of rainbow, but with the right foreground I am sure you would turn it into something very special! Take care Alex!

    1. Thank you my dear Nathan πŸ˜€ Always a pleasure to get a comment from you! I think these are actually swans and i also love their presence in the photo πŸ˜€ Ansel Adams, really did that? Tsk tsk… I disapprove! Hehe! I do have a ton of great sky photos but i’m not feeling compelled to just paste them on an empty sky just to make a photo better…If i were to do that, i’d mark that piece as a digital composite and not a photograph…I love editing and sometimes i over-process my photos but i work with what i was given, i don’t add elements that were not there. Anyway, that’s just how i see it πŸ˜€ Sun-dogs??? Now, that’s something i’ve never heard before! πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing that, i’ll keep it in mind the next time it snows and is windy as well! Snow photography really forces you to view things in another way…My typical style just doesn’t cut it. A new challenge, i love that πŸ˜€ My best regards to you Nathan and thank you for stopping by to leave a comment β™₯

    1. πŸ˜€ Well of course you can, Lia! I’m now working on some photos in bw for the next uploads πŸ˜‰ I’m not a bw fan but in the few times that i used it my rule always was “if you don’t have a great color range make it bw”, i guess with snow it should’ve been obvious, hahaha but i was stuck with why my editing didn’t work well and didn’t think of this solution! So all suggestions are welcome β™₯

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