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Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

It’s late winter here, what to me is the hardest time of year.  I had an unexpected day off in the form of a snow day this past week.  I was up early as usual, but didn’t have to stick with my usual schedule.  I took advantage of this change by taking photos of the storm that was blowing outside:

ISO 800 50mm f/7.1 1/100

ISO 800 50mm f/7.1 1/100

This week’s photo challenge is to choose a photo that reflects your state of mind, and I chose this one.  It’s pretty dark here, but what drew me to create this image was the light, the almost ethereal glow of early morning in a snowstorm.  This photo is actually an HDR image, One of the original exposures is just below. I used HDR to bring out the definition of the house and the trees.  I also think it helped the photo glow a bit more.  That to me, is the strength of HDR, you really can bring out a lot by using even just three exposures and combining them into one image.

ISO 800 50mm f/7.1 1/100

ISO 800 50mm f/7.1 1/100

It’s not all doom and gloom here, it’s just the start of Spring, so this day was followed by a very warm and sunny day, but for me, this was the image that reflected the mood of the week.

How are things where you are, is the weather turbulent there as well?  What do you think of my edit? are you a fan of HDR, or not so much?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



38 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

  1. Amy, we had a 41C (105.8F) on Thursday, which was close to a record for late summer, We are entering autumn with a string of 30+C (86+F) days forecast this week. The climate warming deniers may have cause to rethink! I use HDR on the iPhone as the norm, and continue to be surprised with some of the photos I snap. Of course, your work continually raises the bar 😉


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  3. I can’t believe you still have snow ! Here spring is definitively here, we can see crocuses and daffodils a bit everywhere. It is cold, but we it doesn’t rain most of the days so it’s quite lovely to be able to see a bit of blue sky after such a wet winter.


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  5. I rarely see snow and often think it looks pretty in pictures. Your dark scene reminds me of just how morose winter can be with dark skies, short days and gloom surrounding your home. Makes me glad to be in a sunny country – even if it means complaining about the heat 😉

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