The earth surface cracks open and millions of gallons of water tumble down in gargantuan motion: waterfalls are the creation of Mother Nature, designed to enhance our surroundings. While waterfalls are typically known for their powerful rushes of water, during the cold winter months, some transform into magical ice attractions. Enjoy. [Read more…]
As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere and the nights draw in, our thoughts turn to the beauty of ice and snow. Winter photography, especially in the colder parts of the world, is a specialized niche. Photographers have to take care of their cameras and they often venture into remote wilderness searching for the perfect winter landscape. Their reward is stunning imagery. Today we will introduce you amazing collection of castles during winter. [Read more…]
We all know, Siberia is extreme cold. These temperatures are so low that Lake Baikal, situated in eastern Siberia and representing the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, and one of the largest and deepest, containing around one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, freezes over.
We will now take a look at Baikal during the bitter winter months. If you think that Siberia is inhospitable during its coldest times, think again. Large swaths of the lake are frozen over, allowing large vehicles to bridge its expanse. Many caves are now accessible, housing many of the wildlife, but giving travelers a glimpse of them during their hibernating months.
If you decide to travel to Baikal in the winter, be sure to dress appropriately. The winds gusting across the lake can knock down a grown man quite easily, and the temperatures often fall below -20C. In the photos below, we will not be able to see how cold it is, but judging by the landscape you can be reasonably easily convinced that it isn’t for the faint at heart.
These intriguing photographs show the frozen shadows left over after the surrounding ground has thawed. Since the sun doesn’t reach these areas, an icy remnant remains in the shape of the object casting the shadow. The results are uniquely beautiful. [Read more…]
I think the most beautiful pictures are those made in nature. Stumbleupon is big society where you can spend all your day and all you life with smile on your face. On that site you can find lots of things, like photos, animals, home stuff and many more, nature photos. Below you can see 18 the most beautiful winter morning photographs that will capture your attention, and were stumbled on StumbleUpon.
“Christmas season fills our hearts with joy;
Bright, happy days bring special kinds of pleasure.
We’re wrapped in the excitement of it all,
The sights, the sounds, the smells and the tastes we treasure.
Yet when we have some quiet time to think
About our finest blessings all year through,
We focus on our Friends,
And appreciate the gift of knowing you!”
~ By Joanna Fuchs
Almost everyone who lives in areas of winter snow has experienced a momentary feeling of blindness when looking out into the brightly lit and snow filled landscape.This is due to the uninterrupted sun reflecting off the billions of crystals and prisms created by the snow on the ground, and it can create some tricky issues where photography is concerned.There are also other times of day that occur during the winter months, and these are
far more photogenic and yet also present their own special requirements for documenting in photographs.
The “sweet light” hours around dusk and dawn are some of the most dramatic instances of winter light. Quite often the skies are remarkable variations of purple, gold, orange and blue all at the same instant and this light can be broadcast across the snow or it can create the deepest and richest shadows imaginable.
Can such moments be recorded by cameras? Absolutely, but it does take some preparation and planning on the part of the photographer.
The first thing to remember is that the shot may require an exposure long enough to demand the use of a tripod. If a blurry effect is desired a photographer can forget the tripod, otherwise the cold weather and the darker environment will generally demand the tripod to prevent the image from being ruined.
The next consideration is the location of the sun. During the morning and late afternoon hours a photographer will quickly identify where and when the shadows are the most photogenic or dramatic.
This is usually when the sun is at a low angle with the ground, and most images are best created when the sun is also at a right angle from the photographer. This is because there will be no issues around underexposure brought about by the sun shining directly into the camera’s meter.
Winter scenery in such light will present a nice range of warm or cool colors depending upon the time of day and the conditions. The photographer should be aware of how rapidly the light can change in the winter season and allow themselves at least a ten minute window for their work.
Additionally, the composition of such shots requires balance. While the dramatic sunset may seem like an ideal object to fill the view finder, most photographers will work in a fair portion of foreground in which to balance and enhance the appearance of such a scene.
For example, the majestic colors of the sunrise in winter might be greatly enhanced if the surrounding fields, hills or even buildings are within the frame as well.