Friday, February 25, 2011

Winter Shadows

It's a unique challenge to capture the beauty of winter in pictures. On cloudy days there are no shadows, and pictures tend to turn out dark and dull; on bright sunny days the light bouncing off the snow tricks the camera so getting the exposure right is almost impossible.

One thing I notice while tramping around the woods or fields on snowshoes are the winter shadows. Especially along the north side of a fencerow on an open field, the tree shadows, long bluish lines across the white snow, are amazing.

In the woods, if you can capture it effectively, the shadows are even more interesting. Shooting into the sun, but trying to hide the sun itself behind a tree provides a realistic view of what you're actually seeing in the real world.

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