Posts tagged ‘Snow’

Arty Lake Inari

I’ve experimented a bit in post-processing with the three images below. The idea was to create a set of arty digital photographs that hopefully depict some of the key elements of the beautiful winter landscapes around frozen Lake Inari – the gloomy blue half-light, the icy-cold stillness and the promise of a warm welcome visible in the distance:

  1. “Blue Horizon”

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

2. “Frozen Tracks”

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

3. “Homeward Bound”

Lake Inari, Lapland, Finland

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

Winter Wonderland

The shots below are of the Juutuanjoki river which flows between Lake Paatari and Lake Inari in Finnish Lapland. As you can see, although largely frozen over and covered in snow, the river still flows rapidly in a number of places along it’s 10km length:

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

Juutuanjoki River, Inari, Finland

© Mark Simms Photography (2020)

Icicles

A few more shots from this weekends snow and ice:

I don’t know what it is about photographing ice and icicles, but I find that auto-focus doesn’t always behave that well – I assume it has something to do with the translucency of the subject. Ideally I’d have had the camera locked-off on a tripod and manually focused using live-view. Unfortunately the location of the icicles in these shots didn’t allow for that, for instance shots 4 to 6 were hanging down from the guttering at the top of the house and involved me leaning out of an upstairs window to get them.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Spring Snow

Apparently, according to those born and bred on the Wirral, we don’t get snow in these parts…..so what the hell is this then!!

All of the above were taken this morning and are views of our back-garden after an unprecedented amount of snow fell overnight – in places it was easily over a foot thick. I’ve lived on the Wirral for over 10 years now and this is by far the worst I have seen. I say “worst” in this instance because, although I don’t mind the snow most of the time, it is supposed to be Spring in the UK and so the weather really should be improving by now. Also God only knows what this will do to my onions and garlic that I have been growing since Autumn last year…..and then there are all the lovely Spring bulbs that have started to appear in the last few weeks…..hope they survive! 

I was a bit distracted whilst I was taking these shots because Harley (one of our three cats) had been out all night in the snow and at the time hadn’t come back. Not to worry though because a few hours later he let us know with his meowing that he was sheltering in a neighbours tree. He clearly didn’t fancy getting his paddy-paws all cold and wet in the snow…..:0).

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

Winter Church

There is something about churches and graveyards in the snow that I find particularly fascinating. I think it has something to do with those stereotypical Christmas card images that show churches nestled, all warm and cosy, in some idyllic English countryside landscape. Not that the three shots below would be suitable for a Christmas card – well perhaps the first one would – I think they are all too wintry and sombre for that.

Winter Church 1 Winter Church 2 Winter Church 3

Apparently there has been a church on this site since the 12th Century, and there is some evidence that there could have been one even earlier. The current church, St Bartholomew’s, was consecrated in 1886 by the Bishop of Chester (within whose Diocese it resides) and is a fine example of Victorian gothic-revival architecture. The church is built entirely of local sandstone.

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2013). All rights reserved.

Winter Woods In Abstract

We went for a walk around Storeton Woods earlier today, to take some shots of the wintry conditions here on the Wirral.

I thought it was a perfect opportunity to have another go at the “vertical panning” technique I first posted about here.

Winter Woods Abstract 1 Winter Woods Abstract 2 Winter Woods Abstract 3 Winter Woods Abstract 4 Winter Woods Abstract 5 Winter Woods Abstract 6

I’m really quite pleased with the way these have turned-out. I think the muted colours and ghostly “blur” add to the stark wintry feel. 

Copyright: © The Photography of Mark Simms (2013). All rights reserved.

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