I spotted this fella southeast of town a few weekends ago, and hung out to capture the rays of the sunrise in the background. First trip out with two new lenses and a new 360 degree camera, so I was stoked! This is actually in the yard of the farm I posted about in my recent “Cold ones in the fridge” post.
These ice blocks caught my friend Rich’s eye before they caught mine. Thanks to him, I was able to pay them a visit after work today. They sit in a conspicuous location, but I can only guess how they got there.
When I first arrived, I was afraid I wouldn’t have the skies I wanted. And, while it’s true that the clouds overhead didn’t have any of the brilliant oranges blocked by clouds on the horizon, I still had some sweet clouds to work with.
Bonus: I caught some of that color shining through the ice blocks. I had to get to church, so I took off at the last possible moment…but I have a suspicion that going back with some different skies might yield an exciting result!
I figured I’d get the music reference out of the way right off the bat with this post title, from the Wild Swans song. It might not look like it, but the frost on these trees is actually melting, as last Tuesday had a brilliant, sunny blue sky. Even the thickest hoarfrost’s hours are numbered when the sunlight is blazing.
I had two new professional lenses and two high-end polarizing filters in my brand new camera bag, and I was eager to wield them all. That’s how I was able to accurately portray the beautiful blue of the skies and capture all that sharp detail!
I did find one favorite subject, of course, as the end of my lunch break was approaching. I had a video conference that simply would not wait, so my day had an unbending structure to it. I was determined to make the most of the time allowed, however, and I spent the remainder of my available time at this point.
Blue, huh? What a fantastic experience. With the cheaper lenses I’d been using until now, these blue winter days would be full of glare and haze. No longer. I’m excited to see what I can do with the proper tools. That, combined with the sheer luck that brings the photos I typically post here, should up my game a little.
Oh, as far as the song reference goes, here’s the video. Sadly, the version I have is out of print and not available on YouTube either, but this one’s almost as good.
My other candidate, was “Call Me Blue”, since I’m in kind of a 1989 mood all of a sudden:
White lines. There. I made my music reference for the day. Technically these needles are leaves, so when winter strips the cottonwoods et al of their broad leaves, we’ve still got plenty of these pointy leaves to photograph.
Okay…we’ve covered Day One of the frost last week. Day Two is unique in that it was both frosty and sunny! I had two new lenses, new polarizer filters, and an hour to wield them. I think you’ll be pleased when you see the results in an upcoming post.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the thick hoarfrost we had last Monday and Tuesday, but this stuff is unreal. Of course, the weather conditions were different, and it takes quite a unique set of conditions for frost like this to occur.
In case you think I’ve exhausted my Monday frost photos, you’re mistaken. Oh, and there was another batch of hoarfrost on Tuesday as well, but with beautiful, sunny blue skies as a backdrop! I’ve got an entire lunch hour full of those coming as well.
I didn’t get a chance to see these in their most frosty glory, as I was taking lunchtime photos out of town. I did, however, come up just before sundown to grab some shots. That actually worked out well; I was able to use some fill flash to separate these wrought-iron beasts from their darkening and blueing backgrounds.
Roll, Bison! Well, maybe not this guy. Funny story behind this one. My kids dubbed it Steve. When we’d be out driving in my truck we’d make a point to drive by and stop. Even though we wouldn’t get out, the kids would yell, “Hi, Steve! Bye, Steve!” And on we’d roll. Well, Steve got his picture took Monday night.
I used to do a LOT of sunsets before becoming a dad. Now I get the opportunity to run around with my cameras a bit more sparingly, as I prefer to be a loving husband and father. But tonight I had the opportunity to bolt after leaving my studio, and I caught this wonderful sunset.
Lately the skies haven’t really been great for sunsets…either no clouds at all, or too many for the sun to peek out much. That, or a long, thick row of clouds along the horizon to choke off any chance the sun had at illuminating the sky. Well, that wasn’t tonight.
Oh, by the way…I also got out over lunch and got even more frost photos. Tune in tomorrow…
Last night was foggy again, so I was hoping that Tuesday morning would bring a repeat of Monday’s awesome frost. Sadly, the sun came out (how often do I say that?) and burned off all the frost. But that’s okay – I got plenty of shots Monday to share.
Since the Carl Sandburg poem “The Fog” is one of my all-time favorites, my reappropriation of the line of this title for frost is an intentional homage and not a misquote. The frost which blanketed the Bismarck-Mandan area this morning was a result of the fog rolling in anyway. I saw the thick haze in the air Sunday night and knew Monday morning would be a treat.
I had an early meeting which prevented me from running around with my cameras in the morning, but I took a long lunch to grab a variety of frosty photos. Here are two of my favorites, but I have many, many more to share over the next few days.
Oh, and those little cat feet have sauntered into town again tonight, meaning we’ve got more of the same for Tuesday…