The harsh grip of winter

The harsh grip of winter, originally uploaded by Mika_I.

I took this shot while walking my sister’s dogs with her, well dressed for the hour or two that we took.

It was a bit nippy (-20 centigrade), and I thought the frozen plants gave that sense of a harsh winter holding nature in its cold grip. I can see why the winter was seen as a harbringer of death and destruction in lore and legend. In Nordic countries in days long since gone, it was a time of survival rather than jubilation – and celebrations of the darkest days of winter as festivals bringing hope seem very natural.

But the winter does have it’s own cold and harsh beauty to it.

Technical details:
Olympus E-3
Zuiko Digital 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 SWD
Focal lenght: 200mm
Exposure: 1/640, f/3.5 and ISO 1600

To be honest, exposing this right for the foreground meant the background was underexposed, and at ISO 1600 on the E-3 it means noise. So I had to apply Noise Ninja to it, and then use Aperture 3′s brush tool to brush in an edge sharpen effect to recover details on the subject itself. A bit more post processing than I usually do, but it seemed to have come out ok.

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~ by mjiphotography on 10 January 2011.

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