Landscape Photo Competition 2014 No 2 : Entry Number 182

Judges Comment

So much warmth for such a cold scene. The portrait format suits this well, drawing those lines upwards across the sky. You have framed the birch from low so that it stretches its silhouette into the sky making such a simple but loveable image, perfectly sharp all over. These trees are beautiful and you have given this very solitary one all the place it deserves in this empty landscape of scrubs and of cold. Your composition is nicely divided, you have used your wide-angle lens to bring depth and a grad filter to give the sky those warm tones and colours while keeping the snow so white and cold. Effective work, well done, you win this round!

Photographers Comment

Thank you so much. This is one of my favorite places to walk in the winter. It's barren and often very cold, but the scenery is always stunning. This sunset was one of the most unusual I've ever witnessed, with the sky opening up like an orange zipper. Glad you liked it also. Susan R. Serna, Anchorage, Alaska. Camera: Nikon D7000, 1/80 sec at f/9.0, 42mm, ISO 320. Post processing: Adobe Lightroom.