Happy New Year From Winter Wonderland

We would like to wish our friends, our readers and ourselves a healthy New Year full of photographic adventures.
May the New Year bring us great light, inspiring visions and stunning imagery. May we take fewer photos but do more photography.
Finally, we hope 2013 will bring simpler and photographer-centred cameras and tools.
Olaf & Kasia Sztaba

Each time I talk to my friends from Europe about snowless winters in Vancouver they cannot believe it. After all, this is wild white cold Canada, which many people (including myself before I moved here) knew from the National Geographic movies and publications.

While the special location makes it rare to experience full-fledged winter in Vancouver (except in the high mountains surrounding Vancouver) just one hour’s drive away you can find a true winter wonderland.

That is exactly what we wanted to capture when we woke up very early last week and drove nearly two hours north of Vancouver. While sometimes we come back from our photography trips with nothing (we don’t process dull images – that’s a waste of time!), this time we encountered perfect light. Snow-covered peaks were blanketed with blue, orange and purple clouds. Each time the rising sun found a gap in the clouds, the whole scene came alive once again in different colours and moods. 

Our tool of choice was the Fuji X-Pro1 with the XF 35mm F1.4 lens. All images were processed in Lightroom 4, sharpening in NIK Sharpener Pro.  

Here are some chosen images.

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© Kasia & Olaf Sztaba Photography.  All Rights Reserved.  


10 thoughts on “Happy New Year From Winter Wonderland

  1. Perhaps your WB is off on some of your pics. They seem too blue for my taste. Snow in Ontario is white.
    Nice composition though.

    1. Dear Anonymous,

      Thank you for visiting and your comments. I am aware of the fact that some photos have ‘cold’ colours. This is my choice – after all, photography is an art.

      Regarding a problem with white snow in Ontario – sorry I cannot help with that 🙂



  2. Beautiful photos! And great to see it on my Retina Mac, I also optimize my photos on my blog to use the retina resolution and it’s great to see more sites doing this.

  3. Beautiful shots! Amazing light in some of them.
    I too have an X-Pro 1, and am planning a trip in a month or so to try and shoot the Northern Lights. I am assuming from your shots and location that you haven’t experienced any issues with the X-Pro 1 in extreme cold? Or maybe it isn’t that cold in Canada 😉

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog. It was about -10C during our last photo trip and I haven’t experienced any issues. Good luck on your trip.

  4. AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!!! I wish it was snowing like that where I am, i think it makes for such dramatic pictures. I particularly love the light highlighting the mountains and the dramatic musky purple sky, Cant wait to see more 🙂

    1. Thank you for your comments and kind words. Indeed, snow makes such a difference. We went to the same location a few times before but we have never experienced such a great light. Happy New Year and thank you for visiting.

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