Frosty Gate

Walking home after a short morning of photography in the wintry frost, I came across this frosted gate. t’s amazing what a little bit of ice can do to an object. Had it not been like this, I probably wouldn’t have even stopped. This shot was one of the first I took. After this, I concentrated on the details of the gate itself using a macro lens, although they didn’t really come out quite as I had hoped. Fortunately, the wide-angle lens gave me something worthwhile with this one.

A frost covered gate leading into a field

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This particular river is seen in several other photos of mine, although I think this is the only one taken when ice was present. This shot was taken fairly early into the winter season. It’s possible that a month or two after this, the entire river froze over, although I can’t be sure of that.

When it starts to get cold, I tend to head for areas of water like this. Just a small amount of ice can transform  water into something much more spectacular. Snow has a similar effect on land, but I think combining both of them leads to the greatest visual effects.

Ice on a river

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The Stream

I came across this stream leading through the woodlands on a winter walk, last Christmas Eve. It was getting close to sunset, and I had almost given up hope of getting a decent picture before I saw this. All of the little footprints you can see are muntjac deer. Although I didn’t see any when I was there, the snow had only fallen the previous night so there must have been plenty around.

When I first saw this stream, my initial idea was to get down to the water’s edge and place the camera almost in the water. I’ve seen plenty of shots like that before and they all seem to be pretty good. Unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly wearing wading gear, and the snow had completely covered the bank and was actually floating on the water. That meant I couldn’t get as close to the edge as I’d hoped, so I settled for this shot. In fact, it turned out much better than I had hoped for. Maybe if I had got the original shot I wanted, I wouldn’t have got this?

A snowy stream at sunset

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A Winter Forest

Wandering through this small pine forest, I came across several clearings of various sizes. With the sun streaming through the trees as it does during winter, I thought it would be a good idea to use one of those clearings to show the depth of the forest, with the sun just coming over some branches. I look at this as almost like a tree portrait. I think you get some of the character of the trees, as well as seeing them as a part of the whole forest.

The sun shining through snow-covered pine trees

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Sunset in the Snow

The tracks you can see in the snow are from a mixture of rabbits and muntjac deer as far as I could tell. There was nowhere that they didn’t go in this field. As I wanted to keep the frame fairly simple for this shot, the tracks were perfect as a bit of foreground interest, but are not so over the top that they distract from the rest of the scene.

It took a little bit of Photoshop work to bring the snow back to its white colour. As is usually the case with snow, it was distinctly blue thanks to reflecting the colour of the sky. I didn’t totally take all the blue out of it, as otherwise it might feel a bit blank, but left enough in so that there was still a feeling of depth.

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Winter from the Other Side

Winter snow over a tranquil riverbank. Even though it’s summer now, I thought it might be nice to look forward to winter and the snows that will come (but not hopefully for too long!). This shot was actually taken a short time apart from Winter, and shows the bridge that Winter was taken from. If you look at that photo, you will also see the point where this was taken from, right under the green tree that is leaning over heavily.

I think it can be quite interesting to see two shots like this. Both of them are different in ‘feel’ even though they were shot so close together.

A winter snow scene

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Clock Tower

A clock tower rises above the surrounding buildings. I had intended to get a more closeup view of this tower, but on getting closer to it, found that there appeared to be no way of accessing it. Presumably, you have to go through an adjoining building. Luckily, the narrow alleyway I was in allowed me to show the tower in its surroundings, which I think has given a much better image than the one I originally envisaged.

I used Nik’s Silver Efex Pro to convert this to black & white, with some increased structure, brightness and contrast on the clock tower and the illuminated building, as well as just increased structure on the clouds.

Looking up at a clock tower

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The Underpass

The underside of a motorway at night. I really liked the sense of perspective you get from standing under these kind of concrete structures, seeing the same units repeated again and again off into the distance. I decided to shoot this one at night to get the angled light coming off the streetlights and converted to a toned black and white to show off the textures of the concrete.

With hindsight, it might have been better to shoot in the daylight so that the shutter speed was slow enough to capture some cars moving across the scene, but then the lighting would not have worked as well. As always, you have to make compromises.

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Frosty Field

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A cold, wintry morning walk, just after dawn, led to this photograph. I love that delicate light you can get in the Winter that doesn’t turn up at any other time of year. It gives that pink tinge to clouds that always photographs well.

This morning, there was also a frost on the ground, which provided a kind of sharpness to the soil. Hopefully, all taken together, this typifies the Winter scene.

War Memorial

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A war memorial to the Boer war dead, as found in the city of York. The reflections of the street lights in the low clouds overhead make it seem as if the sky is almost on fire; somehow appropriate for this image. Finding a sky like this is one of the advantages of taking pictures in cities. There always seem to be lots of night shots available to take, which you just don’t get in the countryside.

Finding a memorial to the Boer war also seems quite an unusual thing. Almost all other monuments you find are to the first and second world wars. If you view the original shot at 100%, you can even read the inscription and names that cover this memorial.

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