Editor’s Choice: Heartwarming Snow

The sun can work wonders with a photo and its colors. The sunshine can make even cold snow look warm and heartwarming. And that’s what we’ll be seeing in today’s Editor’s Choice from Zonerama.

Nature photography is in bloom right now! The days are getting longer, and the light more interesting. And above all, winter’s short days and their lack of light aren’t here to depress photographers any more. Nature’s awakening just begs for a springtime photo trip. So in today’s Editor’s Choice, we’ve selected a nature photo taken by Zonerama user SkyWanderer:

A nature photo by SkyWanderer.

A nature photo by SkyWanderer.

Let’s Start with the Weak Point

We have a few objections to the composition here. First we’ll look at the simplest problem to fix: the photographer could have kneeled and taken this picture “from below.” Ideally from a height of 20 to 50 cm. That would give the photo more depth and make the landscape look more grandiose.

The woman walking through the right portion of the photo could also have been captured at a better moment—at some point when she wouldn’t be next to a dark spot. Her dark clothing is really making her blend in to the photo, almost to the point of making her invisible. And meanwhile it would have been enough to press the trigger slightly sooner or stand a meter to the right.

Warm Snow?

The sun has colored this photo yellow, giving it a very pleasant warm tint. But the photo also contains a snowy mountain, so the actual weather isn’t so warm. Notice here just how much the sun can do with a photo, and now imagine how a picture like this might look without the sun. The colors in the picture work wonders.

An Interesting Atmosphere

What’s superb about this photo is the overall atmosphere. Things like the photo’s very pleasant colors. Like the fact that while it’s snowy, the snow lies in mist that somewhat obscure it. Like its natural look without overblown edits. It’s just plain pleasant to look at.

Content Matters

Sometimes the overall feeling from a photo is much more important than technical matters. Sometimes—though not always. Avoid the risk if you can: try to observe the rules of composition in your photographs. Wait to break these rules until it will be for the good of the photo and it will be clear that your breaking these rules is deliberate, not accidental.

Last updated 29. April 2016

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Author: Majo Elias

I’ve been taking pictures since 2004. When I was starting out, I photographed almost everything. Later my style solidified and I began photographing people almost exclusively. At the moment my main genres are fashion and advertising.

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