With all the snow that fell in our area of Nottinghamshire, I was feeling frustrated that I was unable to get out and about to get some winter shots of the countryside. If it wasn’t the need for me to be at home for family reasons, then it was because most roads were closed and the one’s that remained open were quite treacherous. Even as the snow began to melt, it was doing so slowly and the bitter cold wind was refreezing it so there was lots of black ice around. I only hope we get another good snow that will allow me to get out and get some shots. I did however go for a walk through town and got some great shots. The weather cleared for a while and some blue was starting to show so I went on a walk-about. This is a shot I took through a fence that blocks of a field where a building had been demolished a very long time ago. Normally this scene is very dull and dreary, but with the snow and the steam rising from the British Sugar factory in the distance worked so well together. There was a slight breeze which brought the rising cloud back on itself. Now, with that blue sky, it was a moment I had to take. I did try to find a way to get over the fence and into the field, but to no avail. I found a small gap in the fence with the angle I wanted, but it was high up, so I had to hold the camera above eye level and hope for the best. It took me about three tries to get exactly what I wanted, although the weather was coming in quick behind me and I was struggling to get the exposure I wanted. I decided in the end to take this as a HDR. The results were better than I hoped for. About 30 min. later we were engulfed in a freezing fog again and the rest of the day was a bit dull. I hope you enjoy the view as well. Please enlarge to get the best out of it.
This is a HDR image, combining 3 bracketed shots and levels adjusted using Tonemapping in Photomatix Pro for Mac.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens (@ 28mm)
1/320, 1/800, 1/1600