Frostiest

Disperser Log: Solar Date  January 13, 2015

Woke up to foggy but clearing conditions. Fog had been attacking local flora all night. Results tragic . . . everything coated with a beautiful but deadly cold substance. The covering was fragile, easily dislodged. Thought about going out there and knocking it off of everything, but instead called up Solar Power to do the job. Slower, but less work for me.

Yeah, sounds lame. What can I say; sometimes even the most brilliant of writers comes up with crap. Me? No, not the most brilliant . . . hence the above.

So, a little bit before dawn, and I look out the window, in a northeasterly direction . . .

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A pinkish light suffusing the scene, heavy frost visible over everything, and a half inch to one inch of new snow.

Look to the West . . .

Look to the West . . .

. . . and the cloud responsible for the coating beating a hasty retreat from the advancing light.

These were all shot with the Samsung Note II phone through windows . . . the temperature outside was in the teens. There are more photos from the phone than what I will show here; I was testing out different camera apps to see how much of a difference there would be. Conclusion? . . . after pre-processing, a little, but not that anyone would tell from these shots.

You can see all of the photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE . . . all 260 of them. No, not all from the phone; the vast majority from a ‘proper’ camera.

Here’s a few more shots from different windows . . .

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I kept looking outside . . . a real photographer would be out there, camera in hand, tripod deployed, and staring through the viewfinder so as to studiously set up the best possible angle, metering the quickly-changing light to capture the best exposure for showcasing the wonders of the winter scene.

I threw on a long-sleeved shirt, grabbed the phone, and went outside. That’s right . . . not a real photographer. Plus, I just shot the same stuff I had shot a few days before. OK, maybe a few more things.

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I came back in . . . dang it was cold out there!

A few more shots from inside the windows . . .

Winter Aspens

Winter Aspens

The side of my house . . . and some UFOs.

The side of my house . . . and some UFOs.

OK, not real UFOs . . . I usually flatten the phone as close to the window’s glass as I can, but for this shot I had to keep it angled . . . those are the reflections from recessed lights in the kitchen.

I put the phone away, and grabbed a coffee . . . but  the wintry scenery kept calling at me.

*SIGH*

I grabbed the Nikon . . . but decided I would shoot from the comfort of my breakfast nook. I opened the sliding door to the deck just enough so I could half-lean out with the camera.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Bald Mountain dawn

Bald Mountain dawn

How can you tell it’s dawn?  OK, so, most of the photos are presented in B&W as befits wintry scenes . . . but some work better in color.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

The second one is the Sun bathing the foothills (about three or four miles from where I snapped the photo.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Can you tell the difference between the Nikon shots and the Phone shots?

Probably not in this size. Well, if it’s zoomed, you know it’s the Nikon. By the way, the rest are all Nikon shots.

The sun hitting the foothills indicated this might be a neat morning to step outside the front door. I reluctantly ignored breakfast, threw on a hat and scarf, and went outside. The rest of the shots were taken with one of three lenses . . . the Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 Macro, Sigma’s 17-50mm f/2.8 zoom, and Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8. If interested, go to the SmugMug gallery, pick the information icon (‘i’) from the bottom menu when looking at a single photo, and it will tell you the particulars for the shot.

So, these shots . . . which looks better? Color or B&W?

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Here’s the thing . . . remember the Sun bathing the foothills? Well, it went behind Mr. Cloud, turning everything back toward the gray end of the color spectrum. Rather, of the gray-scale spectrum.

Here’s the deal . . . if I present a photo in color, know there is a B&W version in the SmugMug Gallery. The converse is not true. A B&W photo might not have the equivalent color version unless I deemed the color version to be worthwhile.

Notice something about the above shot . . . very heavy frost on the tree. On many surfaces the frost build-up was as much as an inch long.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Not as much on horizontal surfaces . . .

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. . . nor on things that are partially sheltered . . .

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Most plants that could hold the weight had a lot . . .

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Of course, my favorite lawn ornament . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Here’s the view from my walkway . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Almost all surfaces had at least a little frost  . . .

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Mind you, I’m not posting all 260 photos . . .although to some it will feel so.

What? The ornament in color? OK, but it looks better later, when the sun did come out.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Here, you did not ask for it, but here’s a closeup of the archway and faux keystone.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

OK, time to go visit the aspens and other trees lining my driveway.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Yes, you can click on the photo for a larger version (1280 pixels max for longest dimension) in a new window or tab. But, you know . . . SmugMug . . . full size available.

Anyway, got me a few more interesting shots (at least to me) before heading back in (again, more than shown here).

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Once inside I poured myself a cup of hot coffee, and did the sliding window thing again . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Well, Melisa kindly reminded me that I’m letting in a whole lot of cold air, and us trying to conserving our natural gas resources and all didn’t make any sense if I was just going to keep the door open.

Hey, said I, why don’t I go back outside? I even sounded excited when I said it.

I grabbed the camera and went somewhere I seldom go when I take photos. Our patio in back. The closeup shots are from furniture we have out there. The others will be evident (i.e tree, fence, branch, etc.)

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

You might note an absence of bird bath heater . . . we were traveling in December, and I did not feel comfortable leaving the thing out there while we were away. Now I don’t feel like chipping away at the ice. I might yet try to put it out during warmer days, but if the winter continues as is, with alternating days of very warm and cold weather, I might just let it be.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

I made the mistake of moving one of the chairs to get a better angle on the frost. As soon as I moved it, all of the frost slid off. I left the other one alone.

Here’s some more of our furniture (these next shots all have both B&W and Color versions in the gallery. I’m showing a mix here).

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

(this one is only in B&W)

(this one is only in B&W)

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

(this one is only in B&W)

(this one is only in B&W)

And here’s a couple of ground-level shots of the back yard . . .

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Notice something in those photos . . . of course not; they are in B&W.

The sun decided to stop hiding. I returned to the front of the house (South-facing) . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Here’s the thing about the sun in Colorado . . . even with the temperature in the mid-20s, stuff begins to melt. Mind you, my fingers were still numb from the cold, but the frost began to go.

The race was on . . . me against a star.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Yes, that’s the moon there, but I did not notice it when I was shooting these.

These next shots are snow on the aspen branches (the above shots are also aspens). Notice how much better the photos are than those earlier ones, without the sun . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

In case you’re wondering, here’s a color shot.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

I toned down the brightness a bit to show the structure of the snow.

And for them well-grounded readers . . . my drive.

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Here’s a few shots of the stonework.

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

The trick is to get the shot shortly after the sun hits the particular area . . . wait too long, and the frost is gone.

Maybe I should start screening my shots . . .

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. . . I crack myself up sometimes.

The chairs in front . . .

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. . . more rocks . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

. . . more lawn ornaments . . .

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

. . . and the venerable driveway light.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

While the frost was rapidly getting burned off from the stones and metal surfaces, not so for the trees . . . although they too would soon be free of their white mantle.

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

My young Blue Spruce seemed particularly ladden . . .

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. . . as did the young pine . . .

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. . . but the fence didn’t care.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

OK, OK! . . . one more of the fiery planet ornament.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Remember I mentioned the moon . . . I did notice when I had my telephoto out . . . 

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. . . but I could not get the two in focus without going to a high ISO, lowering the speed below what I needed for a steady shot. 

I could have gotten the tripod, OR . . . take two shots and blend them in Photoshop . . . 

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. . . hmm . . . maybe in B&W . . . 

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

 . . . of course, you can’t tell the moon is in focus, but I know.

The telephoto zoom is great for looking at high-up branches . . . 

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

. . . and for panoramas of Bald Mountain.

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Wait . . . the previous shot, at the base of the tree . . . that’s snow falling from the branches. I went back in the house, and stood outside on the deck trying to catch snow droppings.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

OK, here’s my tale of woe . . . and an indication how obstinate I can be, even when there’s nothing to be gained. Look at this next shot.

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Yes, snow falling on the right, but on the left, about a third of the way down from the top, a branch heavy with snow. 

It’s useless trying to catch something already happening somewhere else . . . gravity is a mean bitch; that snow falls faster than I can react to it.

So, here was the plan. Sit there, camera supported by the crook of my arm, eye to the viewfinder, finger on the shutter release, and the shutter set at maximum; a slight tap of the shutter button, and three four shots are taken . . . more if I hold the button down.

Notice anything about these next shots?

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Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

The surrounding branches are more than willing to let go of their load, but not the one branch I focused on . . . 

I hoped a bird would come and land on it, so as to shake the snow off. It picked a different branch.

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A breeze came up, and while it made being outside very uncomfortable (I was in the shade), I was hopeful the breeze-generated swaying would have the branch release the snow in an amazing cascade of powdery magnificence . . . 

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

In a very anticlimactic and frustrating moment, only a few pieces came off . . . the branch had won our battle of wills . . . 

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

After nearly an hour and almost 200 photos (whenever something looked like it might let go, I would shoot a short two-three photos burst) — the majority of which I scrapped — I had little to show for it. 

. . . and, if you made it here, so do you.

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23 Responses to Frostiest

  1. mvschulze says:

    More than one keeper in these. The crystalline growth seems to indicate it was a very still night, pillars interestingly spaced. I have a probelms going between B&W and color – Each has it own set of admirable qualities, but jumping from one to the other hurts my brain. Go figure! M :-)

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    • disperser says:

      You’ll not want to go to the SmugMug gallery, then. They alternate, one B&W, one color, and so on.

      Normally I would split the gallery up; one in B&W, and one in color, but I usually only do that when I have all the pictures in both B&W and Color. This time the majority are B&W.

      . . . sorry about your brain . . .

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  2. Is it my imagination or are there several pictures missing? Looks like there may well be some shots not showing between your narrative.
    I must admit it all looks very beautiful Emilio but I doubt I’d enjoy it;the cold would just about finish me off, so I’ll content myself following your posts and enjoying your work, which I think is more of a pleasure than arduous labour as far as you’re concerned

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    • amazing after hitting the post comment button ALL the missing pictures miraculously appeared, which we both know to be impossible, there is no such thing as miracles but they sure as hell appeared, hold on we’re both atheist and know there’s no such thing.
      Think I’ll go back to bed

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    • disperser says:

      Have no fear . . . no miracle; you just have a slow internet connection.

      I’ve switched to embedding larger photos (for them who want something more than the size on the post, but don’t want to go to SmugMug). That means the files are larger. If you have a slow Internet connection, they will take longer to load, but load they will.

      The text, of course, loads very quickly, leaving a space for where the photos will go.

      I should probably warn people about reading my long posts . . . go to the post, then go do something else for a few minutes, perhaps get a coffee, or evacuate coffee previously drank.

      By the time one gets back, everything should be loaded.

      As for enjoying it, let me offer this up . . . I’m not sure how people live where you are, but here we have buildings, with doors and windows, and inside the building we have HVAC units. Year round temperatures range over a narrow band centered at 22 deg. Celsius.

      Now, as those seem to me like they are make believe degrees, I don’t know if they are as comfortable as 71 or 72 de. Fahrenheit, but I will assume so. As for going out, here in the US we wear something called ‘clothing’. It keeps us warm during the brief time between buildings and our cars, which are also climate regulated.

      So, as much as it looks nice, it’s also no bother. Here. In the U. S. . . . can’t speak to the rest of the world.

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  3. oneowner says:

    You crack me up sometimes, too. But seriously, the fiery planet ornament looks very cool! Get it? Cool???

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    • disperser says:

      Ha! . . . frigid, even.

      I’ve had that for more years than I remember . . . less than forty, more than fifteen. It’s supposed to glow at night after being exposed to the sun, but it has never done that.

      Just as well . . . if it did I would be worried someone would nick it. As it is, it sits quietly in my flowerbed, looking awesome and giving photo ops.

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  4. You make me laugh! :-) Hey, I liked your Log! And I’m all for the snow being taken care of by Solar Power! :-)
    Wow, these photos are wonderful! The snow and ice and frost make normal things look otherworldly and so interesting! Like the lawn ornaments…firefly, sun, and the frog! :-) What fun! :-) And the photos with the snow covered tree limbs against the bright blue sky…and the bird at the tip top…wow! :-)
    Those two photos you asked about…I like them in B&W.
    It is a joy to look at your photos! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)
    PS…now I need a hot drink! Brr… :-D

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  5. PiedType says:

    Those feathery, frosty trees are beautiful. The frost was long gone by the time I got up.

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  6. Wow that looks cold Emilio, I just can’t imagine it. The photos are beautiful!!! :)

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  7. Carissa says:

    Boy oh boy do I understand the “spent an hour, shot a million frames, not much to show for it” frustration!

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    • disperser says:

      Yeah . . . mind you, I had about a hundred nice photos . . . all of the same thing.

      It wasn’t the first time, and I am sure it will not be the last. Par of the ‘enjoyment’ of photography.

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  8. AnnMarie says:

    Lots and lots of beautiful photos, all sorts of textures, great B&W’s, but even more wonderful color photos. I like the blue of the shadows that compliments the natural colors, like the red of stones or the bark on trees. Thanks for your time out there in the cold to provide us with lovely shots to view in the warmth.

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