Winter’s Wraith-like Wisps

Woodsmoke Wisps - Fort Vermilion Alberta

Woodsmoke Wisps – Fort Vermilion Alberta

Late on a November Saturday afternoon, wraith-like, wisps of wood smoke drift over winter’s fallow field near Fort Vermilion. A homestead’s woodstove produces an intense dry heat, welcome warmth in the midst of a cold, Alberta winter. The day, a first opportunity to work with a new prime lens, a Canon 50mm – f/1.4 lens; my wife has encouraged me to begin my work with it. The image is one of the first images with the lens.

Listening to – Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto, In My Place, Major Minus and Yellow.

Quote to Inspire – “The photograph is completely abstracted from life, yet it looks like life. That is what has always excited me about photography.” – Richard Kalvar

  8 comments for “Winter’s Wraith-like Wisps

  1. December 4, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I love this almost Japanese painting (日本画) like image.
    It’s a beauty !

    • December 7, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      Hello Yoshi:

      Thank you for your gracious commendation – you inspire towards all that is the possibility of Japan.

      Lumens 🙂

  2. December 5, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Beautiful photo. Love the colors. The smoke adds so much to the photo. It would be beautiful without it, but the smoke really adds to the beauty.

    • December 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Hey there, Maralee:

      Me, too – the smoke … perhaps because it’s moving or because there’s an element of suspension where things ought not to be … something’s there adding to the beauty.

      Lumens … 🙂

  3. December 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    oh I love this … the colors, the smoke … I can feel the cold

    • December 12, 2012 at 7:43 AM

      Hi Laurie:

      It’s neat to read that the image has the ability to involve you in that cold, cool day. I’m aiming try a couple of things with our Christmas tree and its reflection to see what might work.

      Thanks for looking in. 🙂

  4. August 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Gorgeous!

    • August 5, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Hello Robyn:

      Thank you for your kind words. Here, colours of a colder November or early December Saturday afternoon reveal a backdrop of the sun setting in late afternoon, a farmer’s field and trees near what is Alberta’s oldest settlement – Fort Vermilion, I return to this image, regularly.

      Take care … 😉

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