Been a while since I put my two readers to sleep. So, here's yet another post with mediocre photos that don't stand apart from the crowd and which get quietly lost in the male storm of the Internet. Anyways, the Ottawa area has had a few days of freezing rain lately, resulting in a solid coating of ice on outdoor surfaces. At night, streetlights shine through bare tree branches which bear a freight of ice, making for some amazing reflections. I was up this morning before the dawn, and once outside, was lucky to meet an outstanding sunset. As the sun rose, there was a nice, coppery-red light hitting the ice on tree branches, which made for a rare sight.
In the photos below, the first exposure is of the sunrise, followed by a close view of an ice-covered bloom with the sunrise out of focus in the background. The third, fourth and fifth exposures attempt to show the sunrise reflecting off the ice on the trees. This point of the sunrise was a very fleeting circumstance, and as is often the case, the photos do not come close to capturing the beauty of the real event. The sixth photo is a nice macro shot of an ice-laden branch of white pine, and by using a wide aperture, the background is pleasantly blurred to give the color of the sunrise but not the detail, so that the foreground branch is the only in-focus subject.
The seventh and last photo is a simple shot of a line of icicles, again using a wide aperture to give foreground focus and background blur, or bokeh. In so doing, an artistic feel is developed where the subject is in clear focus and the complimenting background supports, but doesn't overwhelm, the background.
I'll try and get some night time exposures of streetlights filtering through ice-covered trees. I'll even post them so that they and the accompanying blogs I post can be blissfully ignored, or used as Internet-anaethesia to tranquilize the nervous readers out there without resorting to using harmful drugs.
Chris Kiez, a hardcore photographer since the 80's, learned to take a picture before the age of selfies and cell phone photography, training on mechanical cameras and film. After years of taking photos of all manner of subjects and people, he did over a 10 year stint as a crime scene photographer on two continents. Now, he does portrait and landscape photos, and is currently distressing the world with his relentlessly, excruciatingly boring blogging. To buy what you see on this site, click here!