That winter feeling



That winter feel, originally uploaded by Mika_I.

Right, after a few test posts. let’s try a proper one. I’ve been thinking a while about starting a blog, and though I’m not sure where it’ll all end up, I decided 2011 might as well be the year to do it.

On to the topic at hand. There is something visually pleasing about winter, especially in the colder and more Northern climes. Being born and raised in Finland, cold weather is pretty much the norm in winter (especially the last few) – and while living in the UK I often get disbelieving stares when I say the temperature dropped to -26 degrees centigrade when I went there for Christmas.

But then, winter in the UK is often dark, wet and windy. Even at 0, the humidity and wind chill means it does feel cold. Finland, by contrast, is less humid and the wind doesn’t blow straight over from the Atlantic ocean or the North sea. So -10 or even -15 might not feel as bad. Try telling that to most people though…

What I mean with visually pleasing is, of course, the snow. A cold winter with plenty of snow is, at least where I grew up, definitely preferable to a warmer and snowless winter. Why? Because the snow reflects light, which means even in the middle of the night it isn’t pitch black. Star light, moon light and light pollution near cities make sure of that.

What does that have to do with the shot? Well, just that when I looked out and saw a scene of plentiful snow, a setting sun and the warmer tones it brought, I felt I had to capture the essence of that positive winter feel. The snow, the warm sun light against the brick wall on a clear and cold (-20) winter day just brings back memories of childhood – being out in the cold but not feeling cold, the scrunching sound of frosty snow under the shoes, and the brightness, even at night, of a snow-filled vista.

Technical details:
Olympus E-3
Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD
Focal lenght: 67mm
Exposure: 1/200th, f/3, ISO 100

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~ by mjiphotography on 8 January 2011.

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