That Flat Winter Light

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My friend over at Jersey Dreamin’ wrote a post about winter in America.

We’re getting there, but we’re not there yet. This weekend we had some light snow in my part of New Jersey that, by 9 a.m. on Saturday, turned to a sleety rain mix which just made slush.

A big mess, basically.

The light light, though, has been that flat winter light of late. Especially in the late afternoons, we’ve been having some dramatic looks. All it takes it a change of the f stop and ISO a little, and Mother Nature does the rest.

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Those winter gradients are pretty nice.

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Something fun I came across while packing up my office at work – The December 2003 issue of National Geographic.

What makes it special? Well, it features the first digital assignment by Joe McNally – The Future Of Flying.

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I reached out to both Joe about this via Facebook. Here’s what he recollected:

That was at the beginning of the digital road for me. Shot Nikon D1-X cameras, and had 1 gig Lexar cards…..How far we have come. D5 cameras and 128 gig cards. Amazing.

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And in an exchange on LinkedIn, Bill Douthitt,  the NatGeo picture editor then, and who is now Photography Managing Editor at Science Magazine, said We were very paranoid about the whole thing and Joe and his assistants made 3 CD backups of each card. I think the cards were 1Gig each, which seemed ridiculously large at the time. Huge learning curve on that, plus arousing enormous envy among other photographers…

Now I go on multi-country photo shoot and before the plane even touches down and me and the photographer go on our way, they are handing me a 1 TB hard drive, hardly half filled, of hundreds of images from the shoot.

And here’s a video of Joe talking about how he got the shot:

Also in my office – and not sure where I’m going to put it – it a huge framed image of that B-2 bomber Joe shot for the cover. That D1-X made a pretty nice print.

Wonder what it’ll be like sixteen years from now…

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

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