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This article was written by the New York Institute of Photography, America’s oldest and largest photography school. NYI provides professional-level training via home study for photographers who want to give their images a professional look, and perhaps earn extra income with their camera.
Photographing the Season Winter
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The subject is a winter scene, a silent snowy night. The subject is winter.
Winter means different things to different photographers. It can mean
snowmen, icicles, skiing, or in this case a peaceful snowy evening.
Duane focused attention on the snow by taking advantage of the unique
lighting situation. The street light along the road is a sodium vapor
light, as is the light we see off to the left of the frame. This special
light is what gives the snow and the trees an eerie greenish hue. The
natural pinkish purple hue of the sky contrasts nicely with the light
reflecting off of the snow. Judging from the color of the twilight sky,
we think this photo was taken around 4:30pm in the afternoon.
There isn't anything here that distracts us from the winter evening. Duane did a great job focusing on the scene. We hope this photo will inspire you to don snowshoes or cross-country skis this winter after a snowstorm when the snow is still powdery and fresh and get into the scene. Don't forget to bring your camera!