I will be perfectly honest with you I don’t enjoy shooting in cold weather. I find it terribly difficult and distracting. Even with all the proper cold weather gear I seem to be spending more time thinking about my numb painful extremities than being creative.
With that in mind, on one of the coldest days of the season, I ventured out in ten-degree weather in search of winter images at Plainsboro Preserve. A small amount of fresh powdery snow had fallen overnight and coated all the surfaces through out the preserve. Trying to ignore the pain of my ears (I forgot my hat) I began looking for interesting compositions. For me, winter is a perfect time to explore textures and details that when coupled with snow or ice can become the starting point for a beautiful graphic image.
The contrast in textures and the sinewy nature of this plant are what caught my eye originally. For an image like this to be successful I felt it was important to isolate the plant away from the larger group. I wanted it to be the singular star in the image. To that end: I opened the aperture to F/8 on my 70-200mm lens, positioned the camera so the plant was backlit and compositionally put the subject slightly off center to the top left. Putting the plant dead center would have been a static composition. The negative space is important. To me at least, far to often we overlook the small shots but sometimes the smaller shots convey a bigger story…..and payoff. Larry
In the fall of 2012 on a beautiful foggy morning I was shooting in Harriman State Park. The combination of weather and colors brought out many other photographers looking to take advantage of the near perfect conditions. While wandering around looking for different perspectives I struck up a conversation with a photographer by the name of Dean Cobin.
Talking photography, equipment and other locations within the park it became apparent that Dean knew his craft. While his day job allows him to travel and shoot in exotic locations, his love for our local parks, such as Harriman, became evident in our conversation. Whether in Harriman State Park, the Catskills or further north in the Adirondacks his body of work shows our parks in their best light. I hope you are inspired by his images and if you would like to see more of Dean’s work check out his website www.deancobin.com. Larry
©all images by Dean Cobin
For as long as there have been cameras there have been concerns with its evolvement as a medium. Does the next generation of cameras make the last ones obsolete? Many photographers hold on to their beliefs that their equipment is better than any of the newer systems available.
I went for a walk recently in the Delaware Raritan Canal State Park. I carried my normal amount of equipment hoping to find a shot amongst the heavy fog. I also had my iPhone with me. I may have had more fun with my iPhone than my Cannon on this day. There is a spontaneity, freedom and experimentation when shooting with the iPhone. The immediacy to create and share a vision brought new life to the morning walk. A phone is by no means a replacement for a full blown camera system but who knows what the future holds. I think as technology changes it’s alright for photographers to play, create and get excited with the new advances in our field. A photographers vision shouldn’t be dependent on their equipment. After all it’s all about the final image….isn’t it? Larry