A beautiful landscape captured at sunset. A snapshot of your child eating breakfast on a Sunday morning. An Instagram selfie. Each of these photos has one thing in common — a story. It doesn’t matter if you travelled thousands of miles or just stepped into your backyard to capture the shot, something in your brain compelled you to pull out your camera and snap the shutter.
For the month of February I tried to include more of these stories along with the pictures I took. Whether it was a snapshot or a more carefully planned landscape shot, something was going through my head at the time that made me want to capture a beautiful moment. I usually share these on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+, along with camera, lens and exposure info. Make sure to give me a follow on any of those networks to see what I’m posting throughout the month.
All of these shots were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Enjoy!
It was a Friday night and I rushed out of work wanting to photograph something. I made a quick stop at home, put on boots and grabbed my snowshoes just in case. With so much snow on the ground I racked my brain for a spot that I could easily get to with the potential for a decent sunset shot. For those who know New Paltz, about 100 feet from where Plains Road ends and intersects with the Walkill Valley Rail Trail is an incredible vista. I got there when the sky was beginning to turn all sorts of colors, hurriedly set up my tripod and captured this winter sunset. I stayed for a little while, watching blues give way to pinks, yellows and oranges until all the color in the sky was gone and my frozen hands signaled to me that it was time to go home.
It seems that we’ve had snow almost every day this winter, and this particular Saturday afternoon was no exception. My wife and I wanted to get some exercise and I wanted to take the Think Tank Perception Tablet Backpack out for a spin to see how it fared in a storm. It was a calm snow, not too heavy, but also the kind that would start to coat you (and your camera) if you stood in one spot for too long. There were so many haunting scenes in the woods, but this stand of trees was one of my favorites that I captured.
I had about 15 minutes to kill one morning before the New Paltz Post Office opened and drove through Huguenot Street hoping something would catch my eye. I’ve photographed the Old French Church many times, in all seasons, but I always find it to look the most beautiful during winter.
I never captured it from this angle, which made me think about something that always amazes me about photography. You can shoot the same subject over and over thinking you’ve exhausted all options, but then you take a few steps a different way and gain an entirely new perspective on a scene.
I’ve captured the Mid Hudson Bridge (foreground), the Walkway over the Hudson (background) and the Hudson River so many times that I’m always looking for a new spot or angle along the shoreline to photograph from. After doing a little Google Maps homework, I found this area and checked it out one morning before work. I was immediately drawn to all of the lines in the scene and tried a few different lenses and angles, with this shot turning out to be my favorite.
Vassar College is located near where I live and work, and also happens to be my wife’s Alma Mater. Last week we took a day off together, and between lunch and meeting friends for dinner, took a walk on campus. This was a fun shot that I took while playing with the Rokinon 7.5 mm fisheye.
I drive across the Mid Hudson Bridge every day which gives me a chance to see the Hudson River in all different conditions. Over the past few months it’s changed from a moving river, to a moving river with large chunks of ice, to essentially a snow field.
An icebreaker heads up or down the river on some days, creating this channel for shipping traffic. I really wanted to capture this, so I woke early last Saturday morning and bundled up for the -5 degree sunrise I was going encounter on the Walkway. Winds were calm so it wasn’t too bad, and except for the volunteers who staff the Walkway, I was the only crazy person up there on such a cold morning.
One snowy morning I headed to the top of the parking deck at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. From there you have a bird’s eye view of the highway below, the Hudson River and the Mid Hudson Bridge in the distance. All of my efforts to capture a nice long exposure of the traffic and bridge were a bust, and I thought I was done for the morning. Then I turned around and saw this. I loved the beautiful simplicity of the scene, took a few snaps and jumped back in my car satisfied.
For me, photographing during the month of February is beautiful, but hard. As a landscape photographer, I have to deal with the hand that I’m dealt — which was sub zero temperatures and LOTS of snow this month.
How has photographing during the month of February been for you? Let me know in the comments!