March 19 – 25, 2013
As we headed into week 44, everyone here in Anchorage, Alaska thought we were getting a reprieve from winter.
This was not the case at all. We had a ton of snow that we were not expecting. For goodness sake, it was officially spring this week!
But the sun kept coming back reminding us, in fact, it would warm up eventually. Just not as fast as we wanted. It does occur to me, that most of us living in Anchorage or Alaska for that matter, choose to live here. We choose this. And each spring, as the cold temps and snow keep on coming on, we ask ourselves, “Why do we choose this?”
I continued shooting in RAW mode. There is a little more work involved in the post processing, but the results are 100% better. If you’ve not tried this with your DSLR, I highly encourage it.
I know the point of the 365 Photo Project is to choose ONE picture for the day. I was more indulgent this week and kept more than one shot on a couple of days. Like on Tuesday for instance.
These two shots were captured late in the day. The first was an abstract attempt at capturing the sunset. I like the little birch branches and the color from the setting sun behind.
I also like the colors of this time of year. The stark cool blues right up close to the warm reds, oranges, and pinks.
The next shot is of the same sunset, but zoomed out and less abstract.
Again, the colors are stunning. And little by longer the days are getting longer. This picture was taken 10 minutes later than the one last week.
The next day, as I was coming home from a late board meeting, I got the sun as it was going down.
The green house on the left is the same one from the picture above to give you an idea of how close I am to the same area. This road is just to the north of my living room.
Clear skies gave way to some clouds. Some friends who live on the water of Cook Inlet invited us to dinner to see the spectacular sunset from their house. But the clouds kept us from seeing that. Still the light was wonderful this day.
I like the palette of the colors and silhouettes of the trees. I like the simplicity of this shot a lot.
On Friday, I got a shot of more melting snow.
I was more interested on a detail level and getting close up on the way the snow looks as it melts. Not my best or most interesting shot, but there is nice contrast in the show and dirt and melt.
We did seriously think we were out of the heavy snow season, but we got a dumping on March 23. I went for a walk to practice shooting in the snow. I need to make a separate entry for those shots. Here are three I liked from my walk that Saturday.
I like the composition of this shot with the green trees framing the journey of the skier in the snow.
I like the foreground grass with the open background all the way to the trees.
Finally, I like the color of the yellow car on the white snow. I did photoshop this one a bit to get the car to pop.
On Sunday, I discovered we have a lot of shoes and documented this fact.
As I was sitting on our couch I looked out at our bonus room and loved the way the diffused light was hitting the shoes. Soft shadows and well lit shoes. It’s chaos in the shoe room. We need some help. And the crocks were a gift from my staff as a joke. I take exception to people wearing crocks in public. And pleated pants. Both big fashion no-nos. I only wear the crocks with a blistering sense of irony and around the house.
And on Monday, we had ANOTHER big dump of snow.
Here again I like the white of the snow and the colors popping out of the signs on the street. This is Fifth Avenue in Anchorage.
And this is Sixth Avenue. Look at all that snow.
Was it snowing well into Spring where you lived? Did you take snow pictures this season?