Photo(s) of the week: Snow & Golden Sunset

by Klaus on December 25, 2010

in Photo of the Week

Last week’s sunset photo of the week kinda sucked, so this week I’m giving you two photos (mainly because I couldn’t decide which one I like the most).

I spent like 4 hours walking around in -8*C degrees (17*F) shooting with the Nikon D7000, which by the way, did quite well. Over 200 photos during 4 hours in freezing weather and it used only around 15% of the EN-EL15 battery, that’s not bad at all.

So, the first photo below was shot during a very golden sunset next to a frozen lake. I believe you call this kind of plant for “reeds” but I’m not sure. Doesn’t matter. When I saw how that golden light was hitting the reeds (?), I just had to take a backlit photograph of it. This was the best I could do.

The second photo is a building located on top of one of the highest points in the country where I’m currently on vacation for the Christmas holidays (in Scandinavia). It was begging for a black & white conversion, so I gave it one and I like how it turned out. Added a little bit of vignette as well.

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/350, 78mm (Sigma 70-200mm/2.8)

ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/250, 35mm (Nikkor 35mm/1.8)

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Rob McCance December 25, 2010 at 18:33

Nice shots.

That looks like one COLD place, brotha!
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Percy December 26, 2010 at 14:43

I like the first one. I’m not sure if it’s reeds, too! 🙂
I am not going to pretend that I know much about photo art… When would you say that a capture “is begging” for a black and white?
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Klaus December 29, 2010 at 08:43

Hi Percy,

In this case, becase there was not much color in the scene anyway, due to snow and frost.

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Paul Tech December 27, 2010 at 02:30

I love the reeds, they really stand out against the background. Makes me want to explore further..

For the second pic, it will be good to see the actual shot against the black and white conversion.
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Ron December 27, 2010 at 03:29

I love the second shot, nice capture. Enchanting indeed.
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Josiah December 27, 2010 at 23:50

Love the first photo, did you ad any color filters to it? Polarization?
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Klaus December 29, 2010 at 08:43

Hi Josiah,

No I didn’t have any filters on the lens – and in post processing I mostly adjusted curves.

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DJ ARIF December 28, 2010 at 16:13

Great Shots! I like the first photo. But the 2nd one is not bad at all!
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home jobs December 29, 2010 at 08:00

Nice capturing of this image.

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Ivan December 29, 2010 at 14:30

That second photo really emphasizes the spirit of Scandinavia!
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rhea @ condos in nyc December 31, 2010 at 07:22

lovely!! an exact shot .

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Lemerou January 3, 2011 at 14:11

I like the first one.
The DOF is good and i like the soft colors !
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darcy January 5, 2011 at 15:21

I love the second pic. The first one is pretty too, but the second one is breath taking.

I am hoping to see the end of frigid weather here in the US soon. It hit too early for my tastes. ha/ha
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Saksham January 12, 2011 at 14:56

The first is awesome bro! you really take extremly good photos
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Tom Hawkins June 15, 2011 at 16:26

I really like the first one, rather than the second one, because the first one shows a lot of colors and texture to the photos. wonderfull

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