14mm 2.8

Lunar Illumination

Driving out to this location, I was hoping that there would still be a deep layer of snow covering the Kansas dirt.  I didn’t realize it would still be this much.  The drift on the north side of this barn was easily three feet deep.  Fortunately it was cold enough that the snow’s surface had frozen over and we were able to walk on top of the snow with out much worry of sinking in.  The one thing I distinctly remember from this night was the bone-chilling wind.  The wind chill that morning had to have been below zero.  Needless to say, I was glad I was able to work most of my camera settings with my gloves on!

 

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Snow Barn

Ventured out into the frozen tundra of southwest Kansas last night in hopes of a grand show of streaking fireballs, blazing across the night sky….yeah, not so much.  The moon must have bleached out most of the faint meteors and the two or three bright ones we saw were just out of frame.  None the less, I had one of the better nights of shooting I’ve had in a while.  It’s always tough to talk yourself into getting out in sub-freezing temperatures but last night was totally worth it.  Shot a few star trails and had some great light with the setting moon.  Did anybody else have check out the meteor shower, and if so, how was the show from your location?


Drifting Focus

Tried a little different technique on this shot.  I would say on about 95% of my landscape shots, I am shooting at an aperture of f/16 or higher.  In this case, I wanted to separate the drift’s edge from the sunset by utilizing a very low aperture of f/2.8.  I really like how this separates the image and really draws your attention to the foreground.  May have to try this out more often.


Snowy Sunset

Another sunburst sunset shot from the same night.  Like I said.  I was just a composing mad man during that 10 minutes or so when the sun creeped out from under the cloud deck until it disappeared below the horizon.


Yucca by Winter’s Light

Hope everyone was able to experience some good times with family and friends.  I know I sure did.  Today’s shot is another from the night after our big snow storm rolled through.  I was hoping for a little more snow than we got, but it was still enough for my boys to enjoy and enough to hang around for a white Christmas, so you won’t hear me complaining.

 


Drifting Sun

I love how photography has changed my view on the world.  If you would have told me a couple of years ago that all I would have to work with in a photo is a snow drift, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered trying to take the picture.  Now days, it seems that some of the simplest subjects can make the most interesting shots.  It all depends on your perspective.

I wanted to take a quick moment on here to thank all of you for your encouraging words and continued support on my blog.  It has been just over a year now that I have began posting a picture a day (almost everyday) and it has been the greatest year in photography for me by far.  I’ve learned more in the past year than I have all the other years I’ve dabbled in the craft prior to this one.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas surrounded by the ones you love and hold dear!  Cheers!


Winter Wonderland

One of the things I seems to enjoy most when out taking pictures is the rush to find a new perspective in the little time you have during a setting sun.  On this night, I managed to capture 4 or 5 different comps with the sunburst as it transitioned from the clouds to the horizon.  I was sprinting like a mad man in upwards of a foot and a half of drifted snow trying to find different looks.  I kept running higher up the hill in this shot as the sun continued to drop lower in the sky.  This shot was one of the earlier sunburst shots I took that cold snowy evening.  But it was a blast (not to mention a little exercise as well, it’s hard to sprint when there is snow up to your knee caps).