OUTLANDS 3 – MIDWINTER MIDDAY
December 21, 2016 15 Comments
For the image shown in the first of these Outlands posts, I stood in a little country lane on the county’s boundary, and looked south into Wiltshire. My picture was of an electrity pylon set in the bleak, winter landscape. That picture was presented in toned black and white, which I thought emphasised the coldness and desolation of the scene – but that was not the medium to show one important aspect of the view.
For that first picture, and the one above, were taken a few minutes before midday on 7 December – just two weeks before today, the year’s shortest day. And as shown here, because the sun is so low in the sky at this time of year, there was still a definite trace of sunrise’s (or should that be sunset’s???) warmth in the sky just above the southern horizon. The camera’s exposure meter has underexposed the sky slightly but I’m going along with that, because it emphasises this pinkish tint a little.
So here we are, today in fact, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, with the sun as low in the sky as its going to get for another 12 months. Us “northerners” can look forward to a gradual brightening of our days, and that must be cause for some happiness and good cheer. For all of you in the south, its mid-summer – and I envy you the warmth and light!
I wish you all, whichever hemisphere you are in, a very good Christmas and New Year.
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X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO.