What to do when the weather turns grey? I can sit indoors, pine away and long for sunny days, or I can grab my camera and give the new wide angle lens a little workout.
I recently made the big decision to invest in the Nikon 17-35 mm, 2.8 professional lens. Not realizing what I had been missing out on I am instantly hooked. The way this lens performs, the absolute clarity throughout the image and the benefit of the fast aperture are all contributing to rekindled enthusiasm in photography, even on grey and dreary days.
Monday I came across smouldering fields… farmers burning flax straw, a by-product of the recent harvest. Flax straw does not break down naturally and it appears that the farmer close to us has not made arrangements to ship the straw off to be used in industries taking full advantage of attributes this strong fiber has to offer. The result of the controlled burn is heavy layer of smoke that lingers, makes lungs burn and and shroud the already weak sun.
After a brief walk among the smouldering flax straw piles I was in need for some clean air. It was time to explore the lake shore which recently froze solid enough to navigate safely. I was rewarded with countless unique ice sculptures Mother Nature created with the help of strong wind and wave action just prior to forming the layer of ice on the water. Time flies when I discover such unexpected treasures.
For added dramatic effect I decided to de-saturate the images as they appeared grey and washed out in the natural palette. Once I adjusted the curves in Photoshop, increased contrast to define the subject matter a monochromatic presentation was the logical choice. Enjoy!