View Full Version : The Duality of Winter

Wicked Dark
02-04-2010, 01:50 PM
I mentioned in my other thread that I'd been out a lot this season trying to capture different aspects of winter. So many people who've never lived in a cold climate don't understand how varied winter really is. Canadians, you with me? So here goes.

Here's a shot that I think encapsulates what warm climate people think of winter. I was out hiking the other day and found these guys waiting for spring at the top of a mountain. They do seem bereft, miserable and frigid. And yeah, it was wicked windy up there.


Next was another taken at much lower elevation on a beautiful morning. Even though I deliberately framed the image to accentuate the stark qualities of the scene, I think it conveys something more caring than the shot above. As if the crusty snow were cradling the dead milkweed. So much for anthropomorphism.


This next one is kind of my pride and joy. Taken in a somewhat protected forest pond a few weeks ago, I love the soft morning light that seems to caress the frosty plant. Leaving it in color and slightly warm is what really does it, while the B&W conversions do the opposite for the shots above (although the milkweed one was rather blue in color and so also conveys chilliness quite well).


And last, but not least, another shot from the same forest pond. Obviously it snowed again after these two people went on their walk. Once again I left the image rather warm which gives the illusion of warm temperatures. The soft shapes add a sense of calm and safety, too, things not often associated with a New England winter.


Anyway...thanks for looking. Comments on my little experiment welcome.

02-04-2010, 02:01 PM
This is a really nice set wicked!

Dig the composition and texture of the snow big time in shot 2!
Shot 3 is way cool as well. Love the frostiness and the treatment.

well done! - Makro

Mad Aussie
02-04-2010, 05:13 PM
Cool series. Ice always looks colder than snow to me :)

That 3rd shot is definitely interesting with the frost encapsulating the plant like that.

02-04-2010, 05:21 PM
these are all great. I love the frosted plant -that's my favorite but the one with the milkweed is pretty cool too.

02-04-2010, 08:38 PM
Beautiful artistic series WD. like every one of them.

02-04-2010, 08:42 PM
I am so for that 2nd shot! it just rocks!:highfive:

Wicked Dark
02-04-2010, 08:56 PM
Thanks guys, this season's shooting has been good. I plan to go out Saturday and see what else I can get.

02-04-2010, 09:17 PM
There's some really nice winter shots there. The textures are really cool. Nice work.

02-05-2010, 01:52 AM
Nice work, Dark! I especially like the first and third photos.

Wicked Dark
02-05-2010, 07:43 AM
Thanks again. I've had a lot of fun this season and it's not quite over. If we can get another couple of good snowfalls...

02-05-2010, 09:22 AM
The third one is my favourite here - love the colour in this picture!