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In the sub-arctic and arctic regions of the northern hemisphere winter is the dominant season. For example, in Alaska, a landmass that stretches 1400 miles from north to south, winter lasts six months or more. Where I live in southcentral Alaska, just outside of Anchorage, the ground is typically snow covered from October to late March. This year, winter is holding on and the ground is still buried under two feet of snow. Likely it won’t clear until late April.
Not surprisingly, snow’s white and highly reflective qualities naturally lends itself to high-key landscapes. In this intimate winter scenic, the regular spacing of the dark spruce trees originally caught my attention. But the featureless white sky added nothing to the photo. It was not until I increased exposure by one stop and converted it to a black and white in post-processing that I felt I had a keeper. In this rendition, the trees and road merge with the sky especially near the vanishing point of the curved road. Earth and sky nearly become one. The monochromatic, high-key, look best captures what winter often feels like in the far north.
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