Like many places on this planet we were blessed with plenty snow this weekend. As I’m fighting a really nasty cold I didn’t use the opportunity to head into Nuremberg to photograph in the snow covered city. But Sunday late afternoon my significant other more or less kicked me out of the house for a little walk in the woods and fields behind our house. Initially I didn’t want to take a camera, but then again, which photographer leaves the house without one? So I grabbed the PEN-F and we headed out the door. And sure enough, in the trees just behind the house my little miracle happened. For the story and a couple more snowy sunset photos from Frankonia continue reading after the jump…..
We headed up through the pine trees toward an open field behind our village. And then I caught a glimpse of the setting sun between the trees. I thought that was quite amazing, as the forest is still quite dense there. This was my little Sunday miracle, the sun finding a hole between all those trees and hitting my face. So camera up to the eye, pressing the shutter. I had the mZuiko 12mm f/2.0 wide angle attached, lately my go-to lens on the PEN-F. I knew the lens is sharp enough even at f/5,6 where the first image was taken. But then I remembered I need to really stop down to actually produce the rays of the sun. So I went to aperture priority and dialed in f/11. This gave me 1/13 of a sec shutter speed, which is still possible to hand hold due to the 5-axis stabilizer of the PEN-F. Shooting and checking the image on the camera screen I knew I got my rays.
Even this is nowhere a spectacular image, to me it means a lot that I was able to capture it. And this is an important aspect of my photography. Primarily, the images I take need to satisfy me and only me. If I’m happy with the result of my photography, for whatever reason (technical, composition, a special memory) then it was a good outing. If someone else likes the image too, even better, but this is a bonus. This way, I can never be disappointed when a photo I publish isn’t as popular, doesn’t get as many likes or is criticized. Still, feedback is always welcome, especially critical one, because it helps me to improve my photography.
Below are two more photos from this little walk as we exited the pine trees and came out on the open field behind our village. I’m glad I took the camera, even if I initially wasn’t in the mood.
Have a great week!