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
ISO 400

Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    Awesome Bradley.

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

    It’s good to read of your adventure with snow pics and getting out and about in it. The roads are treacherous.

  • Thank you so much my friend. They really were. At the moment the roads are just fine…. but there is no snow, but just saw the forecast and it calls for snow on Christmas eve. I feel a white christmas shot coming on.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Bradley Shawn, you worked hard to capture it.

  • I did indeed. Thank you my friend. Hope you are keeping well. It kills me that we have let a year go by without meeting up. I have seen all the gorgeous shots that you all have captured when out together and wished that I could have been there. This year for sure we have to meet up.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenabout 4 years ago

    Lovely work Shawn. Now come on,if I can get out and about in similar conditions with a bad arm,a fit young man like you should.Try some Grivel Spiders,you’ll be out in all conditions with them

  • LOL! Well there was also my wife who needed help looking after our kids since school was closed because of weather. Next time it snows, I will endeavor to remember the spiders. Do I swallow them whole? LOL!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • It’s always a pleasure indeed!

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • It is always brilliant to have a shot featured in here. Thank you deeply.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • rjheller1150
    rjheller1150about 4 years ago

    Great Capture…..!

  • That is very kind of you. Thank you so very much indeed.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thank you Bob. I enjoy being part of the group. Have a very merry christmas.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Judy Woodman
    Judy Woodmanabout 4 years ago

    fabulous once again merry christmas my friend.

  • And to you and your family as well. I deeply thank you so much.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Would love that mate, looking forward to it in 2011. Very Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Happy New Year.

  • Gratefully accepted my friend and the sentiment is returned.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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