Saturday, December 4, 2010

Foto Finish Saturday - Snow

Quilt challenges and photo challenges are pretty similar.  They both can help you learn a new skill, allow you to develop a new perspective and they are fun.  I haven't focused as much on my photography as I have my quilting the last few years.  When I first started using a SLR, there were books to read, classes to take and practice shots to get.  I don't do that as much now, mainly because I just don't think of it.  When I found Cat Patches Weekly Foto Finish, it seemed like a good way to help me exercise and grow that skill set. 

This week's challenge was snow.  Oklahoma doesn't get much snow, maybe one a year.  Though there are years we get none at all.  More often we get freezing rain and sleet.  Last year we did get one good snow in January.  The rose bushes outside our dining room window are one of the local bird hang outs pretty much year round, but you can certainly see the little guys better in the winter when all the foliage is gone.

I like the almost black and white tone of this shot.  It's that stark tonal quality that for me, captures the essence of the cold and windy winters we have in Oklahoma. 

Slide over to Catch Patches Foto Finish Saturday to share your favorite snow shot or check out other winter wonderlands. 


Barbara said...

Beautiful! I'm so glad you decided to join us. I'm always fascinated how cold weather, rain, fog, etc., have a way of draining the color out of the landscape. I keep telling my husband that blue is a cold color, and he keeps telling me that the hottest part of a flame is blue. True . . . hm. I never have an argument for that. He's the engineer, I'm the artist. I think that's the only difference. His blue is concrete, mine more abstract.

I'm so glad you decided to join us. Looking forward to seeing you next week.

Shay said...

This is a wonderful photo Kate. I like the almost black and white quality of it too. It really does convey the starkness (is that even a word ?) of winter. Poor little bird. I wonder why he didn't fly south/north for winter?

You really have photography talent.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I like photos that are so subtle in color that they look black & white - makes you look twice. Winter can be so bleak, but so beautiful! Great photo. Cheers! Evelyn