Winter is often seen as cold and dreary but it can also be breathtakingly beautiful. The Sony Camera Club’s challenge was “Winter Light”, again keeping it open to interpretation. Whether it was holiday lights, icicles glistening in the sun or amazing sunsets over frigid waterways, winter led to some spectacular photos. Our members really captured the spirit of the season. Here are the favorites, as voted by our moderators.
Photo by Kennyf9
“I was out looking for wintering bald eagles that come into our area” said Camera Club member Kennyf9. “This location is a small inlet off the Hudson River in NY that they typically congregate in. I was there a little too early, and the sunrise was beautiful, so I decided to snap a few shots right by the water. Once I was happy with those, I got back in my car, and begin to drive on to my next stop. As I was driving, the light from the sun hit my rearview mirror, and I just saw this scene with the tree.
It was bitter cold, and we had a light rain fall the previous night that almost instantly froze on top of the snow layer. This enabled the light to ‘glow’ on the snow to create a really nice effect. That was it, a quick ‘grab’ shot that I would have missed if I didn’t look behind me.”
Photo by Kai Eiselein
Member Kai Eiselein’s sunset was so striking and colorful I thought it was taken in the Caribbean. In reality, it wasn’t taken in Jamaica but rather Jamaica Bay, NY.
Kai chose this image for the challenge because it was “…different from the normal idea of winter light, which, at least in the north comes in two versions: bright and harsh, or flat and dull. The winter sunsets off of Long Island are quite often stunning.”
Photo by sonofapreacherman
Fall Photo Challenge favorite sonofapreacherman wowed us once again with his photo of a beautiful frozen waterfall. “The photo is of Smoky Hollow Falls (aka Waterdown Falls) in Waterdown, Ontario”. He chose this photo because waterfalls are one of his favorite subject to shoot. “I also like the brightness of the sunlight on the snow as well as the waterfall.”
Photo by Shaun O
Member Shaun O took this gorgeous photo at Falling Water, which is in Pennsylvania. The striking house in the photo was designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Taken with his a850, using a ZA24mm, Shaun chose this photo because “there is a hint of snow on the ground – and I liked the light, plain and simple”. This was one of my favorites. I like to think of it as what a modern home on Endor might look like.
Changing gears, our Flickr photo challenges wouldn’t happen without our dedicated moderators. They hail from different parts of the world and each is a master of their craft. One of them, Kevin Barrett is a truly gifted hobby photographer who often sets the bar high with his photos. When asked how it has been being part of the Sony Camera Club, Kevin says it’s been “a very fun experience. I think the Internet is at its best when it provides resources and promotes community. Some discussions in the club have grown into very focused resources of experiential data, and some have blossomed into lively and engaging exercises where everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. I’ve met friends here and made connections all over the world, and it’s been great fun.” The club has also helped Kevin reach out to fellow photo experts and “engage some amazing photographers that I’d have been too shy to talk to.”
You’ve seen our picks, now tell us which were your favorites!
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