Snow and Sunshine

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Sun shining through on a snowy path in early winter in Colorado, US. Shot on Canon EOS R5 and RF24-104 F4L.

I’m not really sure if I like this photo.

My external SSDs are full of shots like this — after all, I experienced snow for the first time — when I was in Colorado last month. And I’m pretty sure 90% of them are going to be thrown away when I finally get the chance to go through them.

One thing I learned after continuously posting pictures here for a few weeks is that I tend to take better close-up or detailed shots than wider, environmental landscapes.

It’s not easy to present something that you would see normally in a way that’s appealing. If you were there in the snowy path that morning, you would have seen the same thing. But you may not have seen — at least, not regularly — things as closely as this, which makes those close-up shots much more interesting.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I take fabulous close-ups. But I think you’ll agree that this flower (or this with an ant) is a better picture than this shot inside the Grand Sultan Tea Resort or this road with trees on the sides.

This feeling further raises my respect for landscape photographers who can make ordinary places look amazing through their talent in composition and post processing.

For me, though, my inspiration takes a nosedive when I look at my own wide-angle shots like today’s photo.

This means most of my travel shots remain unedited, collecting virtual dust in SSDs and hard drives. Perhaps I’ll learn to get better at composition (which is undoubtedly the most important thing). But going forward, I think I’ll focus more on close-up shots.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s picture, though. 🙂

Exif Data

CameraCanon EOS R5
LensRF 24-104mm ƒ/4L @ 24mm
Shutter Speed1/125
Location:Colorado, United States
Date Taken:November 1, 2022

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2 responses to “Snow and Sunshine”

  1. I liked the Morning Drive one! I’m no expert on composition, but I feel that it would give you a better result if the snow path took less space, maybe a third of the picture, just the part that goes right, with more of the sky and light, hmmm. I also don’t have many opportunities to photograph snow (in Brazil!), but I have the feeling that they look better if you have direct light on it, with that glowing white. Would love to see more of them! 😄

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