Color and moods

flatcoated retriever silhoutted against the winter sun

When photographing the image shown yesterday in Life of Jalo the final image I saw in my mind was the one that was posted (also seen below). However, while editing and slightly fooling around I came across a cross-processing preset that looked interesting.

However I didn’t pursue editing it any further the other but continued late last night to edit another option with a very different mood of the exact same image. While the LoJ version of the image is purely warm with a strong sunset feel to it, the photo above includes both the coolness of wintery shade and the hint of warmth from the low midday sun. To honestly get the sunset warmth of the LoJ version we have to get quite a bit closer to summer for the sun to be higher up in the sky.

As an experiment on how simple processing and selecting the colors that are emphasized in a photograph this was quite successful. Honestly, I can’t even choose which version I like more.

And if you are interested in another take on the duality of winter coldness and the warmth of the sun, Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt also published a photograph yesterday with the same range of colors.

P.S. I’m not really satisfied with the lens flare in the photograph. I need to do some more testing with the lens to see what I can do about it. It just may be that I will find myself removing the UV filter from the lens.

flatcoated retriever silhuetted against the winter sun

Storm front approaching

One of the great parts in living in a fairly open – by Finnish standards – area. You can see the storm clouds rolling in from some distance. Or in our case, most of the time they just roll by, maybe dropping some water but rarely doing anything more.

Traffic lights, again

I had all these pictures prepared and exported from Lightroom, but never got around to posting them. So, some automated posting to get rid of the backlog and hopefully I’ll get around to posting some of my newer shots in between.

This is a reprise of an older shot from the beginning of my photoblogging. I just love autumn colors in the leaves.

Day 6 – Winter colors

This shot is a couple of days old and I almost posted it as a second shot the other day. I decided to save just in case today would prove to be a poor day photographically. We’ll, I did take several pictures, but shots of dogs in a dog show really don’t cut it here. So a recent archival shot will have to do.

I like how this shot shows the winter colors of Finland. On the other had we have the cold, bluish light from the snow and then the golden light from the low sun. At this point of winter, the sun never rises far enough above the horizon to change from sunrise/sunset coloration to anything else. At least midday doesn’t need to be avoided ;)


The sunrise this morning over the fields from close to our house. These are the times when I’m really grateful of the the fields surrounding us. When the wind is blowing, not so much ;)