Our Favorite Reader Photos from the "Winter Wonder" Assignment


Snow Horse
Mary Ann Wamboldt shot this poignant photo after a severe ice storm hit her area the day before Christmas Eve. “The storm left behind unspeakable beauty, crystallizing everything in a thick layer of ice,” Wamboldt says. “I took this photo at sunset at a farm located behind my home.”
© Mary Ann Wamboldt

For this month’s assignment, we asked you to think outside the box about winter photography. While photos of snowmen and sledding are nice, we were looking for images that captured the true splendor of the season’s power and beauty. We wanted to see photos of winter with a sense of wonder and you delivered. Here are our nine favorite images of winter from Shutterbug readers.

Christmas Week
Rob Wiener shot this striking winter image with a Pentax K200D and a Tamron 10-24mm lens at ISO 100, 1/4 sec at f/16.
© Rob Wiener

From The Top
Marco Rocca captured this spectacular shot in the Dolomites in Italy. He shot it with a Nikon Df and a Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G lens at 80mm, f/11, 1/500 sec, at ISO 200. He later converted it to black and white with Silver Efex Pro.
© Marco Rocca

The Golden Cold
David Blanchard photographed this beautiful image near the famous Sand Harbor area on the east side of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, as the sun quickly started to set. He shot it with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi and a Canon 24-105mm L-series lens at ISO 100.
© David Blanchard

Half Dome
“One of the best known and most photographed icons of our National Park system, Half Dome was in rare form on this very cold afternoon in December,” Douglas Croft says about this iconic image. “The snow and frost from the previous night’s storm was still hanging in the trees and clouds were gathering around Half Dome’s summit as we watched from the valley floor.” He shot it with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at ISO 200, 1/200 sec at f/5.6.
© Douglas Croft

Winter Wonderland
This image by Sean P. Carson is “a view of the Wemindji River in the James Bay Region of Northern Quebec after the first winter storm on October 31, 2014.” Shot in one frame with a Nikon Df and an AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens, Carson also used various stacked circular polarizer and neutral density filters. He handled the post-processing in Phase One’s Capture One Pro.
© Sean P. Carson

A Warm Place
“I took this photo after a very rare, for the Dallas area, 14-inch snow,” Lynn Cromer says. “I took five bracketed shots and processed them in Photomatix and Photoshop using Exposure Fusion not tone mapped. The camera was a Nikon D300 with a Tokina 12-24mm f/4 lens at 12mm, ISO 400.”
© Lynn Cromer

These starkly beautiful horses were photographed during a winter storm by Earl Raglin with a Sony A77 at 360mm, f/20, using spot metering and Shutter Priority mode at 1/200 sec.
© Earl Raglin

The Snow Tree
“Last November I wanted to play a bit in the snow,” Yvonne Baur says about this artistically geometrical snow shot. “Bryce Canyon National Park was a winter wonderland with at least two feet of fresh fallen snow. Almost all viewpoints and the park road were closed but I was able to snowshoe the Queens Garden Trail. It was fantastic! I took only a few shots because I couldn’t see anything. But the shots of all the tiny little details and all the snow-packed trees were worth heading to the park.”
© Yvonne Baur

Picture This! – Our Next Assignment
Gorgeous Landscapes

Our next assignment is deceptively simple: show us your best landscape photos. Yes, many of our readers have posted some amazing landscapes in our image galleries on Shutterbug.com over the years but the challenge is to show us something that is both beautiful and original. Go!

Arizona Hills
I shot this image while we were taking a break during a long drive to the Grand Canyon. We parked the car at a rest stop, got out, and this is what we saw from the parking in front of us: pure gorgeousness as far as the eye could see. I captured it with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and an EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens at f/9, 1/320 sec at ISO 200, and then converted it into black and white using Silver Efex Pro.
© Dan Havlik

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