It takes a wet snowfall in winter to have the snow stick to the trees. If the weather changes and the sun comes out, or if it gets windy, the snow quickly falls off or melts off the tree. So the trick is to be ready right after the snowfall if you want to capture a good scene.
The photos shown in these scenes, one in color and one in black & white provides two different prospectives. The one in color captures the blue of the sky which then shows up on the snow. In my opinion, while the scene is colorful, you lose some the detail from the old oak trees in the forest.
The black & white view is more dramatic and shows more detail of the tree and more separation in the background. in my opinion. This photograph was captured in 2002 and has not been photoshopped. As in most photographs, the larger you go with the print, the more detail appears. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
This Photo of The Week was discovered while I was driving around Rural Texas outside of Dallas/Ft. Worth. What I was looking for were old barns and old wooden windmills. I did find some barns, but no wooden windmills. Then driving through this small community whose name, I can’t recall, I came upon this old deserted general store, From the faded wood siding on the front to the name, Patti’s Provisions, the piece of sheet metal hanging from the roof to the sagging open screen door, it was a scene I wanted to capture before it was gone.
It is from a different lifetime.
Go to my creative photograph blog to see more photographs taken that day.
Joe Patti’s Seafood Market in Pensacola is a great place to buy all kinds of delicious seafood…and a wonderful place to take photographs too. But when you take a photograph, the scene you saw may not be the one you finally printed on paper. This scene was one of about 20 different photos I took with both a film and a digital camera. You are confronted by not only what size to make the print…but how to make it as well.
After selecting the photograph I liked best, I was undecided how I wanted to make the print.
Let me show you what happened. Here is the photograph I selected, a digital one, and it is in color. It is very colorful.
Here is the same scene converted to black & white. Not too bad.
Now, here is what I did with it in color. I like this.
And here is the finished color print in black & white. It almost become a “line drawing” type of photo.
I like the ones I vignetted to give a softer appearance. The color vignetted print was my final choice. It will look especially nice on a watercolor paper. It will also make nice note cards too.
Overcast days are great days for taking photographs. There are no harsh shadows and the sky will take on a gray or sometimes almost a white appearance whether you are taking color black and white photographs.
It is still best to have the sun, which you cannot see, at your back. But even shooting into the sun will not give you any problems. If you are using a camera which automatically sets your exposure, you will want to aim it at the subject and not up into the sky. Otherwise, the sky, which is still bright, will tend to give you an under exposed photograph.
The two scenes with this blog, one in color and the other in black and white, were taken on the same morning. probably within an hour of each other and about 15 miles apart. in Nova Scotia.
The color Pastel Boat Harbor scene provides a soft rendition with the water reflections of both the boat and the building in the background. This was the second photograph taken that morning and you can see just a bit of blue sky breaking through in the upper left hand corner.
The black and white “Barrel Factory” was taken earlier and the sky here is void of any contrast or clouds.
The old wood in the building, wood shingles, and certainly all the birds on the roof, make this a very interesting scene.
Taking a photo into the sun may not be the easiest thing in the world to do, but the results you get will be more than satisfying…most of the time.
First, it is a great way to get silhouettes. But secondly, it will give a dramatic contrast to your photos. If you have a camera with an automatic exposure, it may over expose your photos. A way to help compensate for that is to have the sun directly out of the scene. Or hide the sun behind something, like a tree or a cloud.
In The Sunlight on Leaves, the sun is just up to the left of the photo and there was just a bit of glare. But the whiteness of the leaves against the dark background of the trees provides a 3-D feel to the leaves. You can almost reach out and touch them.
The Escambia Bay Sunset you may have seen before. Here the sun was hidden behind the clouds and you can see some sun rays penetrating the cloud cover.
In the Cypress Sentinel scene the sun was hidden behind the tree while the camera was pointed directly at the sun. By the way, that tree was only a a hundred yards away from the bay sunset scene. That was a “two-for one” afternoon.
While the Boat at Dusk photo captured just a bit of the sun, the sun was low enough in the sky as to not provide too much of a glare. The sun’s reflection on the water provides feeling of depth. The scene appears just a bit darker than it actually was.
The Sunrise on The Florida Keys shows a dramatic way to hid the sun. The camera was aimed directly at the sun, but the trees covered the sun from the lens and did now show any glare.
There are many other ways of shooting into the sun, but these are just a few.