Welcome to 2018! A new year means change and usually for the better. A lot has happened for me in 2017 (check out my post on my photo anniversary to see what I mean) and I am really looking forward to what’s to come in the coming months. To send off the old year properly, it was time to gather some old friends together for a few days up until the final countdown. This year, we met up at a lake house in Pennsylvania instead of upstate New York like last year. So we had the opportunity for a bit of exploring to do.
A trip to a lake house would not be complete without a trip to a lake. On the one hand, we would have to drive there. On the other hand, it was right before golden hour (which is sadly around 3 pm in the winter), so it would make for decent lighting for both landscape and portraits. And lastly, it was a frigid 5°F (-15°C) with a wind chill well below 0.
From a photography standpoint, I’m really satisfied with how the photos came out. The Sigma 17-50mm still continues to be a workhorse when I need an all-around lens for portraits and landscapes. I could have used a larger aperture for the portraits, but in the end, I don’t think it’s too big of a deal, especially with such a vast background to shoot against. The dynamic range of my camera was definitely tested here also, where the subjects were either too dark or the sky was too blown out to salvage. If you look closely, you can probably tell which compromises I made for each shot.
Interestingly enough, we were only there for about 15-20 minutes. And during those few short minutes, you could see the color of the sky and background trees change through the photo set. If I could feel my face or my toes at the time, I would love to have stayed and seen the sky change even more.
We also almost got mauled by a large white dog. But that’s a story for another time.