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Wintery details

Frost and snow cover a dense tangle of thin branches near Edmonton, Alberta

Tan­gle of win­ter branch­es II

Here’s anoth­er detail-ori­ent­ed image tak­en dur­ing our recent spell of grey, over­cast win­ter days. As I men­tioned in a pre­vi­ous post, when the light is dif­fused so even­ly by the low, bright stra­tus clouds that are com­mon over cen­tral Alber­ta in the win­ter (espe­cial­ly the past few weeks), it’s often these close-up, detail ori­ent­ed com­po­si­tions that I find work best.

I don’t com­mon­ly con­vert images to black and white, and even less often do I process them quite as heav­i­ly as I have here. While the con­trast was fair­ly strong to begin with, I’ve “crushed” the darks all the way down, and bumped the back­ground sky all the way up, to real­ly empha­size the some­what abstract pat­tern of the tan­gled branch­es, accen­tu­at­ed by the lin­ing of snow and frost. Per­haps I’ll also post the orig­i­nal ver­sion as well, and I would love to hear your com­ments as to which you pre­fer.

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1 comment to Wintery details

  • Charlie Riverman Bergeron

    Still lie the shel­ter­ing snows, undimmed and white;
    And reigns the winter’s preg­nant silence still;
    No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
    And wil­low stems grow dai­ly red and bright.
    These are days when ancients held a rite
    Of expi­a­tion for the old year’s ill,
    And prayer to puri­fy the new year’s will.”
     — Helen Hunt …Jack­son, A Cal­en­dar of Sonnet’s: Feb­ru­ary

    I recent­ly used your pic­ture on my face­book page with this poem as a cel­e­bra­tion of Imbolc. I have put your site URL in a com­ment. Thank you for your great vision in cap­tur­ing the essence of that poem.

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