Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Waiting for Snow

Been sitting here in Northern New Mexico waiting for a good deep snowfall so I can take some photos. The locals tell me, "Oh, you should have been here a couple of weeks ago". 

It is cold with snow patches on the ground, but none of that soft drifting sea of white I was hoping to see. Here is what I have captured so far...


First up, a plowed country lane, deep shadows, edited for that 1950's era look of a Kodak Brownie camera.



Then tried a complex yet simple composition of a leafless aspen grove. All trees vertical save one. Would not want to attempt a crossword puzzle of this image.  




Driving higher, found a quiet meadow of unbroken snow field with long afternoon shadows. Tried for that frozen, frigid yet pristine look. 



Yes, am experimenting more with black & white photography.  But this image needed that late afternoon color to make it pop.



The next morning, waiting for the coffee to brew, looked out and saw the sun peeking thru a hole in the clouds, highlighting a distant mountain ridge.



Going for a minimalist look, edited out the surrounding dirt and weeds, keeping the soft shadow and the golden grass against the white grainy snow. 



That's what I have been up to these last few weeks in the mountains while we build up our COVID resistance with the help of two vaccine shots. 

See you on down the road. Stay safe, healthy, mask up.

CCjon


10 comments:

  1. I think your opportunity for some pics of snow is coming this Sunday - along with overnight temp of -2! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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    1. Yes, am watching with great interest the snow forecasts, what time to be where? Have several spots I want to capture covered in snow. Hope to post up a few shots if successful.

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  2. Great eye on the late afternoon color picture. That’s a beautiful picture. The black and white photos makes it feel very much like winter. It captures the cold and nature’s hibernation really well! Beautiful photos as always!

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    1. Thanks Lily, I have a summer shot of that same afternoon view, now to get spring and fall photos there to complete the set. Glad you enjoy the photos.

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  3. Really nice pictures CCjon! I like that gradations in the second one.

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    1. Thanks Dom, am mentally debating how I want to edit that photo to take it to the next level. Has potential, needs a little more tweaking.

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  4. Awesome photos. With the latest weather system I suspect you will have some other great photos. I am awaiting the front here in North Texas.

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    1. Thanks Oz, we got quite a bit of snow last night, but was so overcast today the shadows didn't even come out. Tomorrow has a sunny day forecast with freezing temps, so the snow will be there . Will try again.

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  5. Fantastic photos! Before taking a photo do you visualize the end result?

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    1. Thanks Richard, I know this might sound strange, some things call out to me, I snap its photos then let it talk me through the editing process. What is the image trying to say?

      Am going for photos that project a feeling as opposed to being technically correct. Read a saying the other day, "We know what the world looks like. Show us what it feels like".

      When I tried to force a particular idea or feeling on a photo I usually end up with mud. Too much editing is worse than too little.

      Thanks for asking.

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