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Pierced The Gloom | by jasontheaker
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Pierced The Gloom

Ever walked so long in deep snow that it has worked its way through your waterproof trousers, gaiters, two pairs of socks, and finally melted inside one of your waterproof walking boots, as you consider making some homemade snow shoes that you once saw Ray Mears fashion out of frozen bark? Ever been sheltering in a rock cave from heavy snow, icy wind, trying to defrost your toes by stamping up and down and kicking hard things to get some circulation going, and slowly coming to terms with the fact that the sun isn’t going to arrive on this dawn shoot? Don’t get me wrong, I was only fleetingly wondering about having to dig the car out of the snow drift that I’d hastily parked it in, as I began to think about calling it a day.

 

Then... literally out of the blue, like some kind of magical stereotyped cliché, within seconds the snow parted and the sun dramatically pierced the gloom. Well you have never seen me move so fast! (Well people who have been out with me will have seen this behaviour occasionally). Anyway, I franticly began searched for foreground interest to balance the prominent mid distance solitary tree! Could I find an angle in these perfect conditions, could I buggery! Could I restrain my language, could I buggery! I couldn’t run backward and forward in this snow and I knew I only had seconds to make a composition work! Well I managed to run perpendicular to this tree to a few different locations in knee deep snow trying desperately to make it work, and this is what I finally came up with!

 

By the way, I’m sorry that I’ve not been around much lately I’ve been rather busy writing an article for Amateur Photographer, ironically about sunrises...

 

If you want to see me in the visit flesh running around like a headless chicken (but helping others) then drop by the link (end of advert) (o:

 

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Taken on January 9, 2010