WINTER GHOSTS - NEW IMAGE

April 06, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

New Image: "Winter Ghosts"

Driving back from a cabin in Isabella, Minnesota, I spotted the 'inverted silhouettes' of these snow-covered trees. This was captured only a few minutes after a similar image, "Winter's Veil", which I posted and wrote about here recently. This photograph was composed as a horizontal 3:2 frame which included a fourth tree to the left. That was as tight as I could compose at the long end of my 70-300mm lens. When evaluating the image during editing, I decided that eliminating that tree, and cropping as a square, resulted in a stronger composition... Of course, I didn't have the option to explore that on the field, since I didn't have a longer lens at hand. I already have my eyes on Canon's RF mount 100-500mm lens, once I make the jump to mirrorless, thinking that it will give me access to more of the kinds of compositions that I find more intriguing these days. 

Winter GhostsWinter GhostsSnow-covered tree outlines stand out against the darker dense foliage. Technical Information

This was captured hand-held from the side of the road (even though there was hardly any traffic, I didn't want to set up a tripod). Because of the limitations of hand-holding, and not being able to focus stack, the full frame is not in focus. Sometimes you just have to be OK with that... There is something special about a single-exposure hand-held image, when it works out. This one was captured at 300mm using ISO 400 and a 1/250 shutter speed at f/8. A stabilized lens always helps in these situations! My Canon EF70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM had no problem delivering a sharp image in every exposure I took of this scene.

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