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Ecstatic Wonder

By jasontheaker  
The human spirit is a very strange and complex thing. Sometimes you can be greatly moved by the simplest of things, (a smile from a stranger, a Childs drawing, a simple act of kindness from an unexpected source), but consequently you can be in a stereotypically wondrous place and feel, tired, stressed, unhappy, pressured into feeling good. The same is true with regards photographic locations. You can be presented with a wondrous vista and find difficulty with photographic inspiration. It really does all come down to your unique personality, your own feelings.

This particular morning there was no question of any melancholy feelings, my emotions were on overdrive with frantic excitement, ecstatic, joyous and childlike wonder. Iím sure the rarity of snow in the UK contributed to my elevated feelings on this, the first snow of the year, but my overwhelming feelings towards it were drawing on childhood memories of overwhelming excitement. My own past experiences were playing a big part in how I was feeling at this moment in time, (even thought I was there for a very different photographic purpose, I didnít have a sledge and I didnít make a snow man on this morning), but it is the emotions that I felt there and then, that needed focusing on in the construction of this image. As photographers we not only need to enjoy the experience, but try to tap into these emotions for the benefit of the photographic viewer. Try to consider the way your images stimulate not only your own emotions, but the viewers own past experiences too.

Anyway for me this solitary tree made a convenient graphical composition in eager anticipation of the impending sunrise. My fingers and toes were almost solid ice at this point, but Iím sure Wayne (my Ďalmostí adult photographic companion) found my dancing around trying to keep warm rather funny...Hopefully when Iím old and unable to sprint across a frozen field, whilst trying to set a camera and tripod up with throbbing fingers, frantically trying not to miss this momentary spectacle before it quickly passed, I will look back with rose coloured spectacles, I will enjoy the memories of this morning... I wonder?

Tags: Sunset Snow 2009 Cold Uk Yorkshire Sunrise Sun Tree Graphic Wharfedale Landscape and travel Forst 5d mark ii Jasontheaker

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jken 14 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 8:52AM
Simple and very effective. Love it.

saeidNL 11 3 Netherlands
26 Apr 2010 9:11AM
It is a very good composition and the presentation is grand.
love the sky with beautiful colour.
Jalapeno 10 127 2 Iceland
26 Apr 2010 9:34AM
yeah...throbbing fingers...that frantically try to maneuver the dials and buttons on a camera to get the shot.....its usually worth it though...certainly in this case! Lovely job.
26 Apr 2010 9:38AM
jken, sadidnl, and Jalapeno... cheers for such quick feedback (o:
Yep, we do this stuff because itís fun eh!
Jat_Riski 12 89 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2010 9:43AM
Great shot & presentation.
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2010 2:06PM
haha that feeling i know only too well ! ,the numb face and fingers ,but sometimes the rewards are better than we expected .Great image Smile
LeighRebecca 13 267 10 England
1 May 2010 7:48PM
Super simple composition.
DRicherby 12 269 726 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 4:33PM
If you can get your whole body frozen solid, you won't need a tripod. Wink

Love the foreground texture in this.

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