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Patterns in the Snow

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 12 April 2008 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Patterns left in the snow by skiiers at the end of a long day in the French Alps

NIKON D40 1/1250 second F/11.0 ISO 200 330 mm (35mm equiv.)

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hugo poon from Hong Kong

Great catch and excellent composition!!!

12 Apr 2008 6:55am

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo......although this new telephoto zoom lens is great, I have to confess that I don't feel 'at home' with it in the same way as I do with the Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom that I normally use. I've been struggling to achieve compositions that are as's the foregrounds that are the problem.

I guess it's just a completely different technique that I'll just have to practice with until something starts to click.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great scale contrast!

12 Apr 2008 8:13am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana!

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

just magnificient.

12 Apr 2008 3:17pm

@Alun Lambert: Thanks very much Alun!

KimberlyC from United States

Wonderful Ian,
How tiny we are compared to the world. Very nice comp and processing.

12 Apr 2008 4:12pm

@KimberlyC: Hi tell you the truth, I feel like I've been struggling with composition when using this new telephoto lens. It's excellent at isolating detail in a cluttered scene but I'm struggling with foregrounds.

I think a good lead-in foreground is important to achieving emotional involvement in a photo but I'm struggling to achieve precisely that element whereas with my 10-20 wide angle lens it all seems to happen naturally without me having to think about it......we'll see. More practice needed I think!

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Awesome texture! love the 2 people...

12 Apr 2008 7:53pm

@Sandrine: Thanks Sandrine!

Vk from Maseru, Lesotho

Amazing Contrast and a great shot!

12 Apr 2008 10:20pm

@Vk: Thanks Vk,

There was something about this scene with the pair of skiers at the bottom and the overhanging rock at the top which was compelling and had to be photographed!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

That's really amazing, at thirst I thought this was a B/W close-up of human skin.

12 Apr 2008 11:31pm

@MadScientist: :-)....those community page thumbnails can be very deceptive as well can't they. I've been caught out by the unexpected before now opening up a small photo to find it's actually something completely different from whatever I'd imagined.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Impressive. This is a very striking image.

13 Apr 2008 2:01am

@Laurie: Thanks very much Laurie!

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Oh, my goodness, what a splendid image. It's amazing.

13 Apr 2008 2:07am

@sherri: Thanks Sherri....I'm really pleased that you liked it!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Spectacular, Ian! Perfect comp and the b/w is excellent.

13 Apr 2008 3:17am

@amy: Thanks Amy....the main addition in PP was extra contrast to bring out all those tracks in the snow.

Sharon from Brooklyn, United States

So cool that you included the people in the shot to show perspective. Nice work

13 Apr 2008 3:34am

@Sharon: Thanks Sharon....they seemed so small against the backdrop of the huge mountain!

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Ian, I think you outdone yourself on this one! Bravo! So far this image is my favorite out of the series. I`ve read about your struggle with this lens, but..... this is pure art. It`s precise and abstract, graphic and free styled at the same time. It`s as delicate as a lace as and it is rough as a stormy ocean. You are talking about struggling with the foreground... well, I think in this image the emotion intensifies as it goes deeper and higher towards the background(If there is such).
Looking forward to seeing more

13 Apr 2008 3:49am

@Nataly: Nataly,

I honestly didn't think this one worked all that well so I'm really delighted that you think it's the best one of the recent series. I wasn't going to post anymore of these type of photos taken with the new telephoto lens but as you liked this one so much perhaps I'll post one or two others that I did in a similar vein.

Monday's image is already loaded but I'll put something similar up on Tuesday.

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Forgot, is there a place I could see a large version of this?

13 Apr 2008 3:50am

@Nataly: Sorry Nataly.....this is about the largest version of this that I've got posted on the www.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

It is very striking, I love the trails and patterns, and I'm only viewing it from my Laptop as I am unable to get into your site from my main I don't get it, there's a least 5 blogs I can't get into since Aminus was down was rejuvenation

13 Apr 2008 11:29am

@Lorraine: Hi Lorraine.....thanks for the encouraging words. I'm sorry to hear that your system is giving you hassle!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Beautiful play of light and shadows. I like the mesh of trails. The people add some scale to all this. Great work.

13 Apr 2008 7:08pm

1/1250 second
ISO 200
330 mm (35mm equiv.)