Project 10: Winterscapes

Limited time, limited snow, dreary skies… not the ideal Ansel Adams image-seeking adventure for us but we worked with what we had.  Together, we set out to make a few images each showcasing Winter 2019.  It took until March for it to actually arrive.

The photographer is indicated beneath each image, comments are by the other.  In other words, I’ve waxed on about Joey’s photos, he has repaid the favor for mine.

As always, we’d love your feedback as well…

Rey Spadoni

Save the best for first, I guess. This is my favorite photograph in his series! The rock wall and water level form the bottom line in the rule of thirds and the waterfall itself serves as a clear subject. The black and white post-processing really highlights the starkness of the white snow and the puffy white clouds serve as a gentle reminder of a frigid winter day. Well done!

Rey Spadoni

The red barn really pops in this one. I think he did a good job with the composition and really nailed the theme of winter landscapes. I do wish the white balance was adjusted here; I think it is too cold. The snow is too blue in my opinion.

Rey Spadoni

The subject is clear and there is a certain mood about this photograph. I feel like this image could be used in a short story about someone lost in the woods during the winter. The blurry out of focus area is foreboding and the metal container dominates the frame.

Rey Spadoni

I think the wide angle perspective is really effective in this image. There is a lot of content in this scene and it is all well captured. The building, the trees, the broken rock wall, the snow… There are a lot of competing elements in the frame but they all seem to come together and tell a story, the story of a winter day.

And here are Joey’s images…

Joey Spadoni

This is subtle, ethereal… like a mist-filled dream.  My eyes are drawn at first to the high grass poking through the snowfall but as I move into the frame, I notice the out of focus bench.  It speaks of quietude, solace and a stillness I would like to experience.  Though I passed by that same spot, I did not notice.

I think the black and white treatment works here; I suspect Joey opened up the exposure a bit to lighten the image.  The darker vignetting adds to the mood though I wonder if that was a function of lens physics or a post-processing choice.

Joey Spadoni

This is abstract, almost like a watercolor painting.  The moss growth on the branch is sharply in focus, though I am struck by how narrow the depth of field is here.  I have to assume this was taken with the Mitakon (35/0.95) though the 16/1.4 is also a candidate due to the close focus distance.

I am drawn to the in focus area but am not sure where to look after the first glance.  The out of focus highlights are a little busy for my taste.

Joey Spadoni

Now this is the scenery I saw as we walked together though the landscape.  The sun poked through the trees, onto the newly whitened floor, throwing increasingly long shadows across our path.  I think Joey’s use of the sun here, while unconventional in it’s intensity, works.  I also see snow puffs atop the green needles, popping out like small firework explosions.

Joey Spadoni

Not a traditional “winterscape”, but I like this for it’s resemblance to a military prison or some type of “no trespassing here” electrical plant.  The graffiti suggests this has seen better days but the dishes and wiring indicate it is still being used.  For something (?)...

This scene is nicely balanced, well composed.  I appreciate the fact that Joey chose a wide angle lens in order to contain all this within one frame.  As with the image directly above, the sun pushing forcibly through the forest, resulting in the beams just beyond the structure, adds to the you-really-shouldn’t-be-here vibe this image invokes.

Joey Spadoni

Here is a footprint… many actually.  Footprint upon footprints.

The scanning of the environment to capture a typical/traditional winter scene was my instinct this day – looking down onto the trodden trail was not… so I give this high marks for originality.  It works within the project theme, though pushes against the edges of expectation.

Joey Spadoni

A winter scene, for sure.  Again, not a traditional winter landscape shot but this does capture the mood, feeling, essence and frigidity of the moment.  Winter in the Northeast, snowstorms, cleaning up the morning after… it’s all stated succinctly in this composition.

I like the contrast of the sharp blower against the out of focus background.  Similarly, I appreciate the starkness of the bright red set off against a muted white toned snow.

Snowblower versus snow.

Ah, winterscapes….

… I”m ready for Spring now.


  1. Not bad, for limited winter choices. I agree that Rey’s first photo is his best. Joey’s last photo is his best. Bookends I guess. It still fascinates me how you can take one “simple” subject and look at it in 10 different ways. The beauty of photography. Love following your posts, even if I don’t comment every time.


    • Thanks very much! We are seeing more and more that two photographers + two cameras + one scene = wildly different visions. We’re having fun with the 52 Projects Project. Thanks for your comment!


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