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Land of the Frozen Gnomes

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 2 January 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I captured this right from Amy's back yard looking off to the east. The frost and ice were still quite prevalent when I shot this on Christmas Eve. Reviewing it on my laptop, the entire scene reminded me of a mythical land where those little gnome-like people dwell. Happy New Year to all!

NIKON D800 1/640 second F/10.0 ISO 200 135 mm (35mm equiv.)

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
; Earth Wind and Fire

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Wonderful photo. It's like from some fairy tale, magical view.

2 Jan 2014 5:10am

@ursulakatariina: Thanks you so much, Ursulakatariina! It is indeed :-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful capture of this amazing fairyland Denny, it shows perfectly how photography can capture the moment that could be missed with just a glance, if that makes sense !

2 Jan 2014 7:52am

@Doug: It does (make sense), sir - very definitely - and that is exactly my feeling too :-) Thank you so much for your words, Doug! Well. it's Back to Work this morning for me...groan!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

You are right, Denny - there is a heavy dose of the mystical in this !

2 Jan 2014 9:13am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you so much, ronnie - it was amazing to explore with the eye - and mind! All the Best!

Sylvie SLG - capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

Beautiful photo.

2 Jan 2014 9:33am

@Sylvie SLG - capture image: Thank you, Sylvie! :-)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


2 Jan 2014 1:40pm

@Ana Lúcia: Hi Ana - Thank you so much = Happy New Year :-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful frosty feel to this shot Denny! Nicely captured! ;-)

2 Jan 2014 2:29pm

@Eric Cousineau: Hi Eric- Thanks very much - Wishing you the Best for the New Year!!

peggy n from woodland CA, United States

Hi Den, this is just beautiful. I love the spot of sunshine right in the middle of this very cold-looking picture. That's my professional opinion-- (insert "laugh"). Please give all the family a big hug for David and me and we hope 2014 brings health and happiness with a little sensibilities thrown in. love to you all, peggy

2 Jan 2014 4:26pm

@peggy n: Hi Peggy - Thank you so much..the light landed right on those trees which are about 1/4 mile away and I was really happy with how this frame turned out - Our love to you guys as well and we will stay in touch :-) Love you both so much !! <3 D&B

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful light! (one of the things about that D800 is not so much the bells and whistles as that its excellence demands so much more of the photographer. those 36MP don't give you the same leeway as your old camera. all of your mistakes are magnified. plus, the high resolution of the D800 calls for pro grade glass. if it had been 24MP and had had an 8 frames/sec. frame rate, i would have been sorely tempted. you should have a lot of fun in the years to come.)

2 Jan 2014 5:59pm

@john4jack: Yes right now anything "good" that I am getting is probably just "Dumb Luck," but I will keep what you say in mind for sure... and will keep trying to learn more. Thanks so much, Jack!

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow Denny, this is just magical! The light is just stunning! A gorgeous image! Absolutely beautiful! 5*s!

2 Jan 2014 7:00pm

@Elaine Hancock: Hi Elaine -Thank you so much :-) <3

Marie-France from Angers, France

Vraiment magnifique !

2 Jan 2014 7:28pm

@Marie-France: Hi Marie-France - Thank you very much :-)

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very beautiful. Great shot.

2 Jan 2014 8:07pm

@Moridi: Thank you, Moridi! :-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

A beautiful icy winter wonderland … great frame and light! Awesome capture! Happy New Year ~ all the best to you and Barbara in 2014!

3 Jan 2014 12:41am

@RBL: Thanks so much Ruthie:-)

Bill Brown from California, United States

Gorgeous wintery scene, Denny. I can't wait until morning to capture some snow scenes.

3 Jan 2014 3:22am

@Bill Brown: I hope you got some good ones, Bill - Glad you are still back here to catcht them :-)

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh magnifique

3 Jan 2014 9:15am

@L'angevine: Hi L'Angevine! Thank you so very much and Happy New Year :-)

k@ from Paris, France

I can hear them in ! Superb variety of tones in the heart of your image !

3 Jan 2014 11:53am

@k@: Thank you so much Karine! Your image today really brings a smile and it moves the mind as well :-)

alex centrella from California, United States

great that's cold . . .burrrr..

3 Jan 2014 7:50pm

Frances from Massachusetts, United States

Stunning shot Denny! The light creates a fantastic winterscape which needs 5*. Awesome image!

3 Jan 2014 8:26pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I think they are frozen Smurfs! A great shot of this frozen wonderland.

4 Jan 2014 1:16am

1/640 second
ISO 200
135 mm (35mm equiv.)