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The Three Faces of Winter
In the following pictures even three faces of this season appears. This picture made in cold, clear weather has a direct, secretless experience for the photographer and the viewers: the frost dresses up the land in beautiful, lacy clothes and its tiny details, the sparkling of the white surfaces is magical. The landscape photo taken in cloudy weatherand scattered light hides secrets, the sky and the earth almost merge, and while the close subjects keep their colour, the farther details lose in the mist and fog.
In the third picture the misty weather is combined with the nice colours of the sunset. It is worth experimenting even in a weather which does not look suitable at first sight, even in snowfall because it can result in special effects. If you photograph snowy lands, take care of the exposure, usually positive exposure correction needed, but the extent of it mainly depends on the proportion of light and dark details of the picture. Without correction, if the picture includes many light details it will result in an underexposed picture and the greyish snow does not reflect the atmosphere of the land covered in white. We can check out our image on the LCD screen, and using a histogram also helps to set the right exposure.
Photo: © László Suhayda

Canon EOS 5D Mark II EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM f/10 1/800 s ISO 400
Lonely Tree in Sunset
Nature photographers come across with nicely structured trees relatively often, but much more rarely with one which situated in an undisturbed environment, like this old oak in the middle of a ploughland. It is worth walking around the tree to see from which side it is the most beautiful and its environment the stillest. The nice sunset and the tiny cloud on the left is just an addition to the picture which radiates the mightiness of the tree and the stillness of the snowy land.
Late Afternoon Lights
A road in a flood area grove usually is not an oustandingly beautiful sight, but in winter the late afternoon light gilds the land and the varied coloured and shaped clouds and the blue sky highlight the magic of the moment even more.
Frosted spiderweb
It is worth looking around in the fields and woods or villages even on the first frosty days. The spiderwebs of the last warmer days are still o and in still, windless but frosty weather the sight of frost covered spiderwebs are even nicer than of the dewy ones. Be quick as the frozen spiderweb becomes fragile and the first icy wind storm destroys it. It looks better against dark background, but make sure that the background' patterns does not disturbe the composition. There is a risk of overexposure too because of the strong contrast, and it is not worth shooting in too intense light either.
Photo: © László Suhayda

Canon EOS 5D Mark III EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM f/10 1/500 s ISO 1600
Winter Aconite
The Winter Aconite, one of our earliest blooming wildflower often covered by snow temporarily. This flower wears a „cap” of melting snow and it looks like it was looking for something under the snow.
Cutleaf Teasel
Some of the dry fruits like of the teasel looks nicely when it covered with frost in the white, snowy land. The selection of a still background is a must, as we have to use a relatively narrow aperture due to the size of the subject. We have an easier job in lesss intense light due to the less tone difference between the fruit and the background.
Text and pictures: László Suhayda, Árpád Krivánszky
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