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The Feel of Winter

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 25 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is classic Corvallis for this time of the year. We get lots of blah winter days. If muted colors is your cup of tea, Corvallis is a great place to be.
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One of the gifts of Am3, as well as the photographic community in general, is our diversity. What we like, what our objectives are, what we feel drawn to photograph, what touches our hearts as well as our minds, it all varies significantly from person to person. While celebrating that, I think that it is important to be intentional with our photography. I think that it is of value to have clear goals and strategies for accomplishing our goals. I also believe that the more specific and concrete we are, the more likely we will move in the directions that we desire. Personally, I find myself more and more drawn to fine art photography. Regardless of the subject matter, I would like to give it a fine art touch. In this, as mentioned a number of times in the past, simplicity is a major objective. And if somehow I can bring simplicity to a photograph and at the same time create a mystical feeling, that would be a dream photograph (no pun intended). I am at heart a nature mystic. Which brings me to one last point, I think that our best photographs always express the essence of who we are. We would do well to ask ourselves if our photographs are really doing that.

Nikon D700 F/8.0 ISO 200 44 mm (35mm equiv.)

Maria Draper from California, United States

Thanks so much Jack, for all your comments...
I just read your "about" page and I see you have also a great sense of humor, besides a wonderful talent.
I appreciate you describing the components of your workspace, especially the make of the printer... :)
However, you forgot to mention the model/brand/provenience of your green lamp in the far corner of your desk...Well...although I already know all that since I'm looking at one just like it, on my desk. I got it at Office Depot, if I remember right... :))

Anyhow, muted colors give an interesting and mysterious feel to a scene, exactly what it happens in this image.

Lovely and picturesque scenery.

25 Jan 2011 5:12am

@Maria Draper: Whoops! I need to update my "About" page. My primary printer now is an Epson 3880; although I still use the HP some of the time. Also my primary lens these days is the Nikon 28-300mm; not fast glass, but having a D700, I just up the ISO when needed. Thanks for your comment.

sunstone_maria from California, United States

after viewing your images day after day - I feel like I know this place so well :) beautiful scenery, beautiful colors!!!

25 Jan 2011 5:23am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

At least you have muted colours. We just have white and grey. Anyway, this is a beautiful shot.

25 Jan 2011 5:42am

xavshot from Lucenay, France

une sensation de froid et d'humidité ressort de cette image. Belle atmosphère.
Xavier

25 Jan 2011 6:25am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

These muted colours have their own charm. The subtle changes in the tones and hues are really beautiful and very artistic.

25 Jan 2011 6:29am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

La nature dans toute sa splendeur

25 Jan 2011 6:59am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, lovely. They are nature's colors...what's not to like? ;-)
As always, thank you for sharing your artfully interpreted photos with us.

25 Jan 2011 7:01am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like imagining that there is behind these leading trees... a forest enchanted maybe....

25 Jan 2011 7:05am

PAPOU from paris, France

Je lui préfère sa soeur en noir et blanc.

25 Jan 2011 7:08am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A very nice landscape with beautiful colors of winter. Superb shot. Good day.

25 Jan 2011 7:49am

anne fleurent from Bois-le-roi, France

your text is made of heart and gold ! you're right, photography is a very good way to discover and growing oneself...and to express our best feelings ... your fence open freedom door

25 Jan 2011 8:23am

marci from in, Morocco

beautiful words. and lovely soft colors of winter.

25 Jan 2011 8:36am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Once again a great reflection of a great person and a great master of photography. I love the content of your text. Magnifico read over and over again until it's a feeling in your heart. I like and understand how you feel the picture at this stage dde your life. I particularly prefer to express what I see in everyday life around me ... content as a simple story. Something that allows the viewer to imagine other possible stories. Making art is a wonderful picture indeed. But I'd rather do it in paint. As you say great wealth in this website is the ability to see everything. It is very rich for the mind and feeling. A great personal wealth for our work. Once again thank you very much loved and admired friend!
In this image from now the door does not let us into the forest but we entered through the side (as you already said in the other picture) A big hug friend Jack! Adela

25 Jan 2011 8:48am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beautiful !

25 Jan 2011 9:01am

Frida from Sweden

I think I prefer muted colors now and then instead of the all white we have now :-) Beautiful capture!

25 Jan 2011 9:15am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A lovely stillness about a winter day like this and you seem to have caught it well here . . and better blah than blizzard !

25 Jan 2011 9:39am

Florence from Paris, France

All seasons generate so many changes in shape and color. That's really incredible when you think of it.

25 Jan 2011 10:19am

Franz from Baden, Austria

looks peaceful and bucolic, even or particularly on a day without sun. here we have more or less sun-less days from november to march, though there is some snow once in a while!

25 Jan 2011 10:52am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm a bright colour bigot, but there's always a place for muted colours, as your shot admirablt shows

25 Jan 2011 12:03pm

@CElliottUK: when i print on fine art papers such as hahnemuhle smooth fine art, the colors are always more subdued. i have found that i often prefer the results

tataray from france, France

Tout simplement superbe ).

25 Jan 2011 1:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully appealing shot today Jack! There seems to be a dusting of snow on the trees which gives it a great sense of mystery! Great shot and definitely some wise words to ponder upon! Well done! ;-)

25 Jan 2011 1:06pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I do like the muted colors here.

25 Jan 2011 2:07pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Jack - Another beauty, muted or not...in fact I agree with the others, "muted" colors invite us to enjoy a scene without being rushed...bright colors tend to rush the eye I think. I remember living in Redmond, WA and having the same feelings...I worked at Pier 91 wayyyy back in those days (the 70's) so every day was spent traveling west across the Evergreen Point Bridge at "Zero Dark Thirty" and returning home at "6 Dark Thirty",,,I remember!! I love the bronze-ish and green tones here! Always such a pleasure and inspiration to view your images, Jack! Thanks for being there!!

25 Jan 2011 2:51pm

@Denny Jump Photo: one of the reasons that i like to print on fine art (matte) paper is that the colors come out less saturated. i tend to be drawn less and less to highly saturated colors; (although there are exceptions)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

excelente captura, preciosa atmosfera!!!

25 Jan 2011 3:42pm

don from spokane, United States

Another very successful "gate" picture. I especially like the mild colors that seem to fit the subject so well.
Fine work!

25 Jan 2011 4:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A nice misty shot. I know what you mean about the muted colors. ;-)

25 Jan 2011 4:55pm

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

Hello Jack, as this image is peaceful .. a forest with the tangle of trees, a light mist that blurs the landscape to give it extra softness. This picture reflects the art you want to put in your images, here nature offered to us as in a particular picture, an array of nature in its pristine, like a birth of the world ...

25 Jan 2011 6:20pm

@Alivia: Thank you very much for your kind words.

harry from apex, United States

This is an interesting combination of tones and shapes. The slight haze in the distant forest adds emphasis to the foreground.

25 Jan 2011 6:34pm

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

C'est beau tout simplement !

25 Jan 2011 7:22pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Muted colors are not a bad thing. Add some fog and your in business. This looks great, Jack.

25 Jan 2011 8:20pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Winter or not,nice place,Jack .....

25 Jan 2011 8:43pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A beautiful image, Jack. I like the tones. You have such a good eye for landscapes. I really enjoyed your words, especially the last bit. Something to think about.

25 Jan 2011 9:17pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice shot, great capture.

25 Jan 2011 9:23pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

25 Jan 2011 9:33pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

nice muted colors, it's my cup of tea

25 Jan 2011 11:05pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I like the framing here - the gateway to a misty world! Interesting detail of the moss growing on the branches.

26 Jan 2011 1:04am

London Caller from United Kingdom

Feels more autumnal to me... ;)

26 Jan 2011 1:07am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

This image has simplicity and a mystical feel to it. You've accomplished your goals admirably. I love your caption. Well put indeed.

26 Jan 2011 3:31am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! Nice composition and colours...

26 Jan 2011 4:02am

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

A bit gloomy but not ice cold. I'll trade you, at least you can hike in that.

26 Jan 2011 4:03am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of nature Canada &, United Kingdom

I'll trade you for bleakness and rain here! Lovely frame.

26 Jan 2011 4:37am

Becky from los angeles, United States

how do you get so many beautiful shots? I love the many tree types here - colors and comp - gorgeous.

26 Jan 2011 7:47am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice tones !

27 Jan 2011 12:12am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely capture...sometimes photography is action meditation ..you are in the moment..in the here/now

28 Jan 2011 2:15pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

Yes this is what it feels like. Your image puts me right in the experience of winter

28 Jan 2011 4:40pm

Diane from Hythe, Alberta, Canada

Excellent thoughts/commentary. I definitely believe quite strongly in approaching our photography -- life, for that matter -- with intention. Since surviving cancer in 2000 I do just that: live with intention.

31 Jan 2011 3:59pm

@Diane: Hope that you are doing well.