Even if the last month of november has been one of the hottest in record for the last 20 years, it seems that winter has well arrived in some parts of Europe. Here in Switzerland snow has covered a sizeable part of the country, and autumn is nothing but a souvenir now. Winter is here, and with it a sheer amount of photographic opportunities and bonuses for those who dare to go out there and brave the cold temperatures.
Winter brings snow, and this is quite an amazing element when it comes to photography indeed. It is a natural huge reflector that fills the shadows and acts as a giant flash, but it also minimizes the landscape to its bare elements, simplifying the scenes and highlighting the graphic character of those simplified elements. It creates in fact a huge white canvas where the photographer can isolate single elements that seem to be sketched by an invisible artist. Winter is also time for low angle sun. As we approach the winter solstice, the sun even at its zenith does not reach angles of more than 30°. That gives you a soft and colourful directional light even at noon, making the contrast ok for shooting at all times during the day. And then, you have the possibility of catching sunrises and sunsets at decent hours, without the need of scotching the alarm clock to your ears before you go to sleep.
The image of this week is one of those opportunities than winter can bring us. It reflects the end of autumn and the arrival of winter, that period of time when life just stops for a while waiting for warmer conditions to be resumed. A totally overcast sky gave for this shot that soft light that reduces the contrast and maximizes the detail and colour. I also overexposed slightly so the snow behind the flower creates a totally blank and washed out white canvas that leaves the flower floating in the space. The only hint that reflects the earth-bound character of this plant is the shade slightly bluish that is created in the place where the stems pierce the snowy blanket. The light reflected by the snow fills in the shades and also backlights the translucent dried petals of the flower, giving a feeling of glow to it.
Thanks for reading and great light to you all.