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Jan 21

Taking Advantage of the Cold

We’re in the heart of winter right now, though here in Central Ohio, you’d be hard pressed to tell so far.  Only in the past few weeks have we experienced colder temperatures and some very light snowfall. For me, that’s been very disappointing.  Once the colorful leaves fall off the trees in November, I can’t wait for snowfall to give the landscape some much-needed drama.  Instead, we’ve had two months of, well, nothing. Dead ground, bare trees, no plants, no snow: it’s been a dull winter so far.  Thankfully, the last week has seen a drop in temperatures.  We even had one evening where the temperature dropped near 0ºF (-18ºC).  As a result, there’s finally something to explore with regards to wintry weather.  Ice on rivers and lakes always makes for a good subject, with patterns and leading lines that aren’t normally present.

If you live in a wintry area, don’t forget to go out and shoot. These conditions don’t last too long.  Even if there’s been no snow, but there are frigid temperatures, head out anyway, especially in the early morning. When it gets very cold, the atmosphere changes, with moisture coming out of the air or the moisture that’s in the air beginning to freeze. As a result, colors that aren’t normally in the sky become visible, with clear skies showing beautiful pinks and purples, even without clouds to reflect the sunlight.

I’ve made a point to go out quite a bit the past week or so, and I thought I’d share a few of the images I’ve taken during this brief show of winter. While I hope those who will soon be blasted with a blizzard on the East coast will be safe, I lament the thaw that is forecast to come to my area in the next few days, which will melt the ice and return the ground to an ugly muddy green. If you’re in the path of this blizzard tomorrow and Saturday, stay safe and bundle up.  If you’re not snowbound, get out and shoot!

Click on an image to enlarge.

Snow Drift - Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS @ 28mm, f/11

Snow Drift – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS @ 29mm, f/16

Framed Ice - Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 WR @ f/11

Framed Ice – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 WR @ f/11

Columbus Sunrise - Sony A7 II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L @ 129mm, f/5.6

Columbus Sunrise – Sony A7 II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L @ 91mm, f/5.6

Duck Footprints under Main Street - Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 @ f/11

Duck Footprints under Main Street – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 @ f/11

Frozen Scioto - Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS @ 18mm, f/16

Frozen Scioto – Sony A7 II with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS @ 21mm, f/10

Frozen Rocks - Sony A7 II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L @

Frozen Rocks – Sony A7 II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L @ 113mm, f/18

Railroad Snowy Sunset - Fuji X-T1 with Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 @ 18mm, f/11 (HDR of 3 shots)

Railroad Snowy Sunset – Fujifilm X-T1 with Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 @ 18mm, f/11 (HDR of 3 shots)

 

About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad

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  1. Karen Sass

    Brilliant photos! Thank you for encouraging the rest of us to get out, despite the weather.
    Greatly appreciate your posts and knowledge.
    I am currently shooting with a new fuji xti in the Pacific Northwest. Which tripod and head would you suggest given my camera and the rugged, wet NW terrain?

    1. Jordan Steele

      Thanks! I wrote a piece on tripods last year, with some discussion on finding the pod/head that work for you. http://admiringlight.com/blog/thoughts-on-tripods/

      I’m currently using a set of Induro carbon fiber legs and the RRS BH-40 ball head. I have a MeFoto Road Trip with a Photo Clam head for my travel tripod.

  2. Karen Sass

    Thank you for your response! I’ll read your article on tri-pods.

  3. Jorg Fleige

    You’re one of the few engineers I know of that also has a real eye for photographs… not that the two should be mutually exclusive. I look forward to checking out your site in the future.

    1. Jordan Steele

      Thanks!

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