Has Winter Returned?

Has Winter Returned?

January 25, 2017

Sometimes the best mornings behind the camera are the ones that are completely spontaneous and random.  I had no plans on Monday morning to be out shooting, but when I woke, there had been an extremely heavy frost the night before.  After a quick trawl through Twitter, I soon realised that most of the province had been hit so I knew conditions were good.  

So the e-mails would have to wait for an hour as I quickly gathered up the gear and headed off to Portglenone Forest.  I was looking for two things - frost & mist.

I knew Portglenone lies in a valley and I knew I could get easy access to the river which would also increase my chances of getting some mist hanging over the water.  

As I dropped down the hill towards Portglenone, I could see the layers of mist completely engulfing the village.  Bingo!

I parked up at the forest and headed straight for the Bann.  I had hoped for some 'perfect' reflections on the water but that wasn't going to happen so I quickly changed plans as I spotted a scene on the opposite side of the river bank that I knew would work if I ditched the wide angle in favour of the telephone lens.  The resulting image was taken on the Cann 5DS with the 70-200mm.

This image is looking amazing printed on a 285g platinum etching fine art paper and I've just dropped of a copy into Middletown Coffee Co in Ballymena.  It's titled, signed and ready for its new home!