Winter Warmth

f/8, 48 sec, at 43mm, 200 ISO, on a Canon EOS 60D

OK, this is going to sound a bit silly, but there are times when I’m out taking pictures during the Minnesota winter where a lovely warmth comes over me. It’s not so much a warmth that makes my toes toasty (even though I found out wearing boots while out in the snow does help with that), but is one that makes me comfortable right where I’m at doing exactly what I’m doing. You know it’s just right.

Last night was one of those times. I didn’t make it out to take pictures until the sun was almost down (when the boy wants to watch the Star Wars movies with good ol’ dad, who am I to say no?) but when I did set out, the location and shot type was already in my head. Didn’t hurt that the clouds in the western sky were perfect for the sunset, either! So it was get there, get out and shoot. Turns out, because the shoot was somewhat preplanned, the time available ended up being plenty, so I was able to move around quite a bit and find ‘The Shot’ that I wanted, which is posted above.

Even though I had the shot I wanted, it still took some work to make it right. Even though I bracketed the image and it likely would have made a more proper exposure on the shot, I chose to go with the long exposure and work the image with selective curve adjustments to darken the sky a bit and lighten the foreground. I just liked the overall feel of the single, long exposure shot versus what I envisioned the tone mapped image to be. Go figure!

It was a long walk to and from my car and there was mostly ankle deep snow wherever I stepped. Even so, the comfort of being in that place at that time made me forget just how cold the Minnesota winter could be.

16 Comments

  1. Kerri January 7, 2013 at 6:30 AM #

    What an Evening! Star Wars with the kid and a photo outing…. doesn’t get better than that!
    This is another one that is PERFECTION!

    • Jim January 7, 2013 at 7:24 AM #

      It was a great night Kerri – thank you!

  2. Rob Hanson January 7, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    Simply lovely, Jim! The warm sky contrasts beautifully with the cold foreground. Reminds me of my time living in Canada, though I’m now happy to be warm here in the south.

    • Jim January 7, 2013 at 7:25 AM #

      Thank you Rob. I wouldn’t mind the warm south right now, but if I’m here, might as well enjoy it!

  3. Len Saltiel January 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM #

    That is one amazing sky Jim. Well composed and the color contrast is great.

    • Jim January 7, 2013 at 8:26 AM #

      Thanks Len – it was a beauty of an evening!

  4. Edith Levy January 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

    Happy new year Jimmy. I could do without the snow (especially since I’m now back from a warm vacation) but beautiful shot. That sky is amazing.

    • Jim January 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

      Welcome home and Happy New Year Edith! I could do without the snow, too, but I don’t have much of a choice! Thank you for the kind words!

  5. Mark Neal January 7, 2013 at 1:23 PM #

    Great composition, Jim. I like the cool and warm contrast; especially the bright sky glow. Nice one!!

    • Jim January 7, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

      Thank you Mark!

  6. Michael Criswell January 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM #

    Sweet shot Jim, love the colors

    • Jim January 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM #

      Thanks Wiz!

  7. Chris Maskell January 8, 2013 at 2:25 AM #

    That is a sweet sky Jim, the whole thing looks perfect, I’d have loved to have been there.

    • Jim January 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM #

      Thanks Chris – would have been cool if you had been there for sure!

  8. Toad Hollow Photo January 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM #

    Holy smokes here, Jim, this is a real winner my friend!! Those colors and hues from the evening sky are absolutely without peer, and I just love the feel from the snowy landscape and the outlines of the farm buildings in the back! Fabulous shot, my good friend!

    • Jim January 8, 2013 at 6:31 PM #

      Thanks Toad! It was an awesome evening!

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