HBW – Winter Sun

0ºF • Sunny • Slight Breeze (0-2mph)
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HBW!
What does HBW mean? HBW = Happy Bokeh Wednesday – a term in the Flickr community.

What is Bokeh? According to Wikipedia, Bokeh (derived from Japanese bokeaji ボケ味, “blur”) is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field.

It was a lot colder when I took this than the photo would leave you to believe. 0º, but no wind, which made shots like this a lot easier. This was late afternoon and the sun was low, painting a yellow glow on the prairie plants.

The snow was pretty deep here – knee high when I stepped off the path to get a clear line to the subject. That’s nice though because it gives you a little support when you’re leaning out in an awkward position to get the shot. I do have to find my gaiters though – snow in the boots at 0º is not fun.

In the three hours I spent out at Cherokee Marsh that day, I only saw three other people. I think there is kind of a brotherhood that is understood when you pass someone out on the trail when it’s that cold. A mutual understanding that, yes, we realize how cold it is, and perhaps the cold has in fact frozen that part of our brain responsible for good judgment.
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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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3 thoughts on “HBW – Winter Sun

  1. Lovely image. It just goes to show you that there’s always an artistic shot out there just waiting to be captured. Winter holds a special beauty and you’ve found it.

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