Someone's gotta sing the snow


Eleven a.m., Sunday morning, a man wearing shorts and a fluorescent jacket finds his way through a snowy landscape.
It's a pretty odd sight. 
I can understand why he's wearing the jacket, I can't understand why he's wearing those shorts.
The contrast between the screaming yellow and the silent white winter landscape makes this image interesting.


The man knows I'm there, but with his back towards me he hasn't got the faintest idea that I'm taking a picture of him.
I don't like it when people are aware that I'm pointing my camera at them, because I often feel as if I got caught in something that I shouldn't be doing.
However, that's not the real issue. 
I like to get my pictures as candid as they can be. I don't want to interrupt anyone and I don't want them to behave differently because I'm taking pictures.
Occasionally I will ask people to 'pose'. The fourth picture in the series below is an example of that.
For a random person watching this picture it probably doesn't matter whether or not this shot was put in scene. To me it does; I would have liked the exact same image better if Hanne wouldn't have known that I was taking a picture of her at that moment, because it would have made it more pure.

Luckily (or obviously), there weren't many people around on this particular morning. Although I salute those who were :)

As I mentioned in my first blog, landscape photography doesn't necessarily have to involve wide-angle lenses. All of the images below were shot using a telephoto lens on a crop-sensor camera. 
The common - average Joe's- wisdom that gets thrown around a lot is that you should zoom in with your feet.  However, more often than you'd think, that's not the case. The last picture in this series wouldn't have looked remotely as interesting if I would have used a wider lens.
The background would have looked too far away and the contrast between the darker and lighter area wouldn't have been as visible as it is now.  




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