In the early winter of 2014, we experienced something unusual even for Boston. There’s nothing like an early winter snow that transforms quickly into a clearing morning sky. That’s why we started out early, hoping to get a few photos showing the shimmering beauty of a new winter storm. Happy to see the sun and the stillness, making the wet snow cling to every leaf like angelic halos. It was nice to experience a fleeting moment before the wind starts and the sun melts everything. Soon there will be nothing but brown slush, traffic and the usual activity of a busy Boston suburb.
No one expected an October storm this early in the winter, some Massachusetts residents were stranded with no power and downed lines. Others were happy to see how beautiful the morning started.
A short trip only minutes from my home; it seemed as if everywhere I turned something beautiful appears. The snow had turned our normally drab winter slush into a postcard picture of winter in New England.
Just one more stop before hot coffee and warm sox await back home, a short tread through the snow into the local graveyard in search of that one dab of color; a frozen American flag adorning a local tombstone. Soon, the crisp glaze of winter ice will have melted, and nothing but a wet flag will be there, unnoticed and under-appreciated that early October morning.
All the photographs in this post were published with Topaz Impressions. I use many of the Topaz products to enhance my work into works of art. Not for every photo but today’s photo shoot adapted particularly well to the effects created with this powerful software.
My Camera Bag:
All of my photographs are now shot with the Amazing Sony A7rII and two lenses: The Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35mm and the Sony/Zeiss FE 24-240 mm. They are solid metal, no plastic. Yes, they are heavier than Canon lenses but optically they are stunning. The Sony A7r series can accept other lenses of any make just by mating it with a small adapter, and I use other lenses from time to time. But when I travel and have to carry my system with my into the field, I use just those two lenses, and I have everything I need to explore the world around me.