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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
As all of you may have noticed, there has been a serious lack of new posts on the blog lately. The reason is pretty simple, just haven’t had time. Weekends have been eaten up with football, weddings and holiday family time. And as I’m sure you all know, there isn’t much time after work to go shoot with the sun setting only a half hour after five. Fortunately I was able to get out and shoot a little last night after we had a pretty nasty blizzard move through the area. Quite a bit of snow and a lot of wind. A lot of drifting occurred and left some pretty sweet lines in the snow. Hope everyone has been doing well and preparing for a very merry Christmas!
A couple of early morning shots before the sun crossed the horizon. There is no shortage of these irrigation sprinklers around Garden. The irrigation engine that is at the center of the sprinkler pivot has a light on top of it that blinks periodically at night. When driving down the country roads at night, it’s cool to look around and see just how many irrigated circles there are around.