Fading away into a snowy distance

Foggy winter image with telephony poles fading away into a snow-covered landscape

Fading away into a snowy distance
April 7, 2014 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Telephony poles fading out towards the horizon in a foggy and snow-covered minimalistic winter landscape (Johan Peijnenburg)
45mm – f/8 – 1/640 – ISO100 – Nikon D800E with 24-70mm f/2.8

Winter hasn’t been brilliant here in Switzerland. Plenty of snow on higher altitudes, but not a lot of decent winter goodness at lower altitudes. This messed up my plan to go out and shoot minimalistic winter landscapes more often this year. In the end, I only went out to shoot them on one morning in February. This is one of the images I shot that morning.

Yes, yes, I know it is very minimal and probably not to everyone’s taste. Many of you might even find it boring. Personally, I love shooting a minimalistic winter landscape like this as well as looking at minimalistic work of others. It’s all about capturing the essence of a scene and the art of leaving things out, which can be rather challenging! Things like leading lines, depth and composition become even more important than in normal landscape photography. In my experience, shooting minimal scenes is a great way of improving photography skills.

I captured the image with my 24-70mm lens on a D800E. No filters where used. The image was processed with Adobe’s Lightroom 5 and Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

Comments (203)

  1. Elizabeth Lund 6 years ago

    Awesome focus and minimal capture Johan 😀

  2. Paul Smith 6 years ago

    Simple but very effective.

  3. Author

    @Elizabeth: glad you like it Elizabeth 🙂
    @Paul: many thanks Paul!

  4. Gittan Beheydt 6 years ago

    It’s an absolute gorgeous minimal scene Johan, excellent !

  5. Didier Demaret 6 years ago

    Great work!

  6. Nina Anthony 6 years ago

    Cool shot Johan

  7. Simos Xenakis 6 years ago

    Super nice high key. Love the lines.

  8. Annie Petrick 6 years ago

    Great one :)

  9. Nikola Nikolski 6 years ago

    Minimalism and composition are very nice here Johan. I like it a lot! Who knows next winter will be better than this one 🙂 

  10. Author

    @Annie: thank you Annie 🙂
    @Nikola: glad you like it Nikola 🙂 Hoe is het verder met jou? 

  11. Very nice image Johan. I like it a lot :))

    • Author

      I was counting on it Anette 😀 Thank you! Will you bring sausages again next week? 

      • Lolol, you wanna sausage next well? I can bring some more :)) g and a Lekkerli for dogface :))

        • Author

          yes yes yes please 🙂 I love your sausages … and to my surprise Debby loved them to! 

  12. Tatiana Parmeeva 6 years ago

    Wonderful simplicity Johan !!

  13. Fabrizio Vignali 6 years ago

    Nice and simple Johan,well done!

    • Author

      Glad you like it Fabrizio 🙂 How are things with you?

      • Fabrizio Vignali 6 years ago

        Too many dogs here…. and even filming… :)

        • Author

          haha, running out of cookies already? 

          • Fabrizio Vignali 6 years ago

            yes please send some cookies…. or you can come and help to distract a pack of Rottweilers :)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            Not a big fan of Rottweilers Fabrizio 🙂 I will bring some cookies for you next time (I know you eat them yourself) 😉 

  14. Eric Delcour 6 years ago

    Fantastic composition and “fading” Johan 

  15. !! 🙂 brilliant x love the candelabra type fittings :)

  16. Author

    @Eric: thanks for the compliment Eric! Hope all is well in Belgium!?
    @Heidi: thanks 😀 Yes those fitting are very typical here 🙂 

  17. Günter Schurr 6 years ago

    Nicely captured Johan! There’s a lot of space on the left side:)

    • Author

      I spent quite some time to get that space like it is Günther 🙂 Glad you like it. How are things in Lenzerheide? Season ended? 

      • Günter Schurr 6 years ago

        Thanks, everything all right! Season is over at the end of April!

        • Author

          And do you still have snow over there Günter ? 

          • Günter Schurr 6 years ago

            Yes, but in the higher regions!

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            Hope you are still getting some fresh snow up there once in a while. The snow line is already very high here, so the mountains don’t look that great at the moment Günter !

  18. Dominique Dubied 6 years ago

    Not boring at all! A wonderful composition for this minimalist shot Johan. We have both shared for minimal Monday this week, great to to participate to the theme with you :-)

    • Author

      glad you like it Dominique. Yes, we both did. Love your entry! Did you get some nice new winter scenes in the past few months? 

      • Dominique Dubied 6 years ago

        I got some interesting pictures from a day in Jura as I have already told you before. One of my last post has been taken that day. 

        • Author

          yes I remember that. Pitty we didn’t get more afterwards. Spring is developing nicely now though :)

          • Dominique Dubied 6 years ago

            True, it might be nice for the 26th :-)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            for sure. Haven’t seen yellow fields just yet though … 

  19. Lammert Doddema 6 years ago

    Beautiful picture my friend !

  20. Jamal Alias 6 years ago

    Hello Johan. That’s an awesome selection my friend. 

  21. Excellent, Johan!!

  22. Ray Harris 6 years ago

    You’ve got a lot here – a minimal high key shot with leading lines and nice contrast. Great shot!

  23. Shawn McClure 6 years ago

    Fantastic minimalism and contrast in this…

  24. Author

    @Ray: many thanks for the compliment Ray 🙂
    @Shawn: glad you like it Shawn! 🙂
    @Dirk: Danke vielmals :)

  25. Tom Tran 6 years ago

    It’s minimal and delicate looking, even. Even those insulators look pretty from the distance. I bet a nice stack of rocks at each pole would be a neat pairing, Johan. :P

    • Author

      Haha thanks Tom! I’ll consider blending a few piles into my future minimal shots 😉 

  26. Kamal Deep Singh 6 years ago

    I love minimal photos ….lovely capture sir….

  27. Really minimalism. Wonderful work!

  28. Ingo Meckman 6 years ago

    Brilliantly executed – really like it!

    • Author

      Thank you Ingo! And it looks so simple 🙂 

      • Ingo Meckman 6 years ago

        I know, the simpler it looks, the harder it was… :)

        • Author

          very true 🙂 Did you check the forecast already for TH? 

          • Ingo Meckman 6 years ago

            Thu looks very promising so far! 

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            I am in desperate need of some non-hazy skies Ingo, so let’s hope it stays that way :)

  29. Beautifully minimal Johan, love the lines and the stark contrasts :)

  30. Betty Manousos 6 years ago

    Love minimalism-great capture Johan !!:)

  31. Toshi Nakamura 6 years ago

    Beautiful composition and representation Johan !

  32. I like it, fantastic minimal image… 

  33. David Orr 6 years ago

    a minimal beauty my friend. Hope the family is all well, have a great week my friend !!

    • Author

      Many thanks David !! All is well here tnx. And with you? Shaping the future?

      • David Orr 6 years ago

        Life isnt too bad so far, staying in Japan for a few more years then hopefully back to Arizona or Utah area to settle down and find a rocking chair to relax in the rest of my life. :)

        • Author

          Sounds like a great plan David ! Are you getting used to the changed situation?

          • David Orr 6 years ago

            Yes life is good being a civilian now, growing hair is the best part :)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 6 years ago

            Lol David … now let’s hope that your wife still finds you pretty 🙂

  34. Anna Ryndak 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful! Endless purity….. Less is more….. We had the longest and coldest winter in Chicago so I’m glad that is ending. It is a difference when you go shooting in the beautiful mountains. I got enough sooting “dirty” winter streets…. Johan Have a good night!:)

    • Author

      many thanks Anna! Ow yes it is certainly different in the mountains. They look best with nice fresh snow though and haven’t had much of that this year …

  35. John Dusseault 6 years ago

    Brilliant shot Johan

  36. Deborah Sandidge 6 years ago

    I love minimalistic contrasty scenes in B&W, classic and beautiful! Lovely work here!

  37. ♥ ~❤❤❤~ ♥ :)

  38. Stephen Cairns 6 years ago

    It’s interesting, isn’t it? They look so easy to make yet the entire image’s strength rests in the balance of objects to space, their arrangement, and how tonalities are managed. I’d say the first two are paramount while the tonalities of the image leave a lot of room for personal taste.

    Like you, I had intended to do a lot more winter photography but it never really came to lower attitudes here in Japan either. Next year, I’ll have to chase the images in the highlands to be sure I get something I like.

    The slight difference in whites between the snow and sky is just enough. Lovely vertical minimal image Johan 

    • Author

      To me that’s what makes this type of photography fun. It’s a nice challenge and a great way to improve skills 🙂 Many thanks for the great feedback Stephen! Hopefully we both get more luck next winter!

  39. Great minimal shot Johan

  40. Andreas Levi 6 years ago

    A fantastic work, Johan!
    Have a great day :)

  41. I love the wonderful lines Johan !! It’s gorgeous!! Beautiful!

  42. Reminds me our East Syberian winter views from my childhood 🙂 thanks for sharing this one with us !

  43. It’s beautiful Johan. 

  44. E. Cindy 6 years ago

    Johan, beautiful minimal!

  45. Barbara BM 6 years ago

    Fantastic perspective!!!!!!

  46. Jerry Downs 6 years ago

    Great line of thought that created this image Johan!

  47. Love it!

  48. Joan Munford 6 years ago

    Wow, this is so great!

  49. Author

    @Matthias: many thanks Matthias !
    @Joan: thank you 🙂 

  50. Beautiful minimalist image Johan 

  51. Margaret Wong 6 years ago

    Beautifully done :)

  52. Günter Schurr 6 years ago

    You’re absolutely right Johan! Weather has become more extreme in recent years. Last year we had a very long winter and almost no spring, this year reversed. Where will it end? Let’s hope that next year things will get better.

    • Author

      yes and last year we had a very late Autumn as a result of no Spring. Guess this year Autumn will come very early … 

      • Günter Schurr 6 years ago

        Yes, probably! Hope you have more luck with the weather this year for your autumn shots!

  53. Dylan van Graan 6 years ago

    Definitely according to my taste 🙂 It seems like your winter weather has come down south a bit early :(

    • Author

      Thanks Dylan! So you are in the midst of snow now?

      • Dylan van Graan 6 years ago

        I wish sir, snow is not a common occurrence around where I live but it is definitely colder than a week ago.

  54. Aleksander Sosic 6 years ago

    Love it!!!

  55. Amanda Moore 6 years ago

    I adore this, so simple and crisp well done!

  56. Patrice Brenner 6 years ago


  57. Jarek Kozlowski 6 years ago

    nice minimal

  58. Excellent Johan

  59. Karl Louis 6 years ago


  60. Author

    @The Global Art Company: thank you! 🙂
    @Karl: thanks again Karl ! 

  61. Gemma Costa 6 years ago

    Great work Johan 

  62. Kaatje Jansen 6 years ago

    Echt super mooi, zo strak.

  63. Mickey D 6 years ago

    Love these arts photo ! Thanks

  64. jim Dehnert 6 years ago


  65. Joel Tjintjelaar 6 years ago

    This is great Johan. it almost looks like your approach to B&W has changed or maybe it’s because I have neglected G+ for too long this past year:)

    • Author

      I guess a bit of both Joel 😉 Trying to explore different things, learn and improve … nice to see you around!

      • Joel Tjintjelaar 6 years ago

        I think your approach has changed and it looks better IMHO Johan Peijnenburg :)

        • Author

          that is nice to hear Joel! I am actually revisiting a lot of B&W stuff I did in the past and working on some new stuff as well. My vision is definitely changing. Hopefully for the better 🙂

  66. Boris Liberman 6 years ago

    The super-sized guitars of the modern world… Exquisite photograph and processing.

  67. Bertand Chombart 6 years ago

    Great work Johan… No snow at all here this year :(

    • Author

      Thanks Bertrand! Not a lot here either … at least not in the right places … 

  68. Neil McShane 6 years ago

    I go out of my way to not include these posts in my images, but this is perfect. 

    • Author

      Same here normally Neil. They are all over the place in CH and usually a distraction 🙂 

  69. Ladislav Gerka 6 years ago


  70. <3 <3 <3 

  71. Author

    Thanks Ladislav and Annette :)

  72. Mamo Delpero 6 years ago

    Powerful composition, gorgeous tones, great concept. Love this shot Johan!

  73. Andi Rivarola 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot Johan. Love the minimalist effect.

  74. David Shield 6 years ago

    Very minimalistic Johan. Excellent photography work and exceptional art!

  75. David Marquardt 6 years ago

    Looks great Johan! This could be anyplace in rural Canada, except the insulators look different :-)

    • Author

      Hey thanks George! Looking forward to a version with Canadian insulators 😉 

  76. Hope O'Hara 6 years ago

    Minimal very much so.. but wow what a huge impact this gives the viewer..
    not to sure how you get all of your captures so alive..
    but love what you do and how you do it..
    you really are an inspiration … to be able to take a mundane object that one sees every day.. and turn it into something that sparks ones imagination.. is talent beyond comprehension .. hugs

  77. Hadegda Ignatova 6 years ago

    Original fhoto ! 

  78. Michael Muraz 6 years ago

    Great shot Johan. I certainly hope you get more opportunities next winter!

  79. Barb Kellog 6 years ago

    The epitome of minimalism. Love it.

  80. Not often, but when you do minimal art you do it in fantastic way! I must agree this type of photography is difficult not only for the photographer but also for the viewer. But your work has something special…. I would say – great power 🙂 Superb Johan! :-)

  81. Meg Rousher 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture Johan :)

  82. Yasmin Simpson 6 years ago

    Dear Johan, minimalistic work or not, whatever you create is always lovely and well done.
    Sorry to hear that it was not a decent winter for lower altitudes but with this you proof that your artistic talent shines in all kind of photography… ;).
    Happy rest of the week!

  83. Author

    @Grzegorz: minimalistic is a great change from the normal landscape work 🙂 Glad you like what I did here 🙂
    @Meg: many thanks Meg!
    @Yasmin: blushing 😀 have a great rest of the week! 

  84. Mady Sach 6 years ago

    NICE !!

  85. Enrique Palaez 6 years ago

    Woow this is fantastic image Johan! love it !

    • Author

      Thanks Enrique. Always nice to read your enthousiastic comments 🙂 

  86. Mikko Tyllinen 6 years ago

    Fantastic pictures. Beautiful and yet so mysterious. 

  87. Enzo Ros 6 years ago

    WOW!!!! J’adore Johan! 

  88. Benjeev Rendhava 6 years ago

    Poles to infinity! Love it Johan, not boring at all! ;)

  89. Honestly Johan, the more minimal shots border on art to me, love them so much more than the others! This is exceptional! 

  90. Author

    @Mikko: thanks again Mikko 🙂
    @Enzo: 😀 Merci pour le WOW !
    @Benjeev: thanks for the kind words Benjeev!
    @Louisa: many thanks Louisa for the compliment Louisa! I like doing images like these. It is a nice change from normal landscape work. Much more zen 🙂 

  91. Michael 6 years ago

    Hi Johan,

    I hope you are well.

    Your intro rang the same bells for me this year in that we had absolutely no snow either this year where i live, and therefore i had to drive around an hour to get to higher altitudes above a 1000 metres for any decent images this year.

    Love this shot, it really is right up my street this type and style of image. Bravo.
    Love the composition and the wonderful contrasts, and a great one for the portfolio, and not boring at all.

    All the best


    • Author

      All is well Mike thanks! And thank you for the compliment. Nice to hear that from a minimal snowscape guru 😀

      Yes winter was crap. I did get the normal winter stuff, but not the minimal stuff I was after. Hopefully next year !

  92. Aline 6 years ago

    Great minimalism Johan!
    This is something you have to see, you saw it 🙂
    And…. by seeing it, it isn’t enough, you have to see the possiblities also 😉

  93. Marek Rak 6 years ago

    Great work Johan! Love it!
    Minimalistic alway taste good ;)

  94. Author

    @Mady: thanks!
    @Marek: many thanks Marek and I have to agree 🙂 

  95. Marilou Aballe 6 years ago

    I love the minimalism and composition of this image Johan !

  96. Kenny da Lima 6 years ago

    Nice work you do… its cool love it..!!!

  97. Jim Lundgren 6 years ago

    Dig this image in so many ways….Home Run!!!

  98. Beautiful minimalist image!

    Love it …and I feel the snow!

  99. Christa Niederer 6 years ago

    An interesting shot!

  100. Fantastic composition, great shot Johan !

  101. Author

    @Marilou: thank you very much Marilou!
    @kenny: glad you like it Kenny 🙂
    @Jim: thanks Jim! 😀

  102. Author

    @Annick: thanks Annick 🙂 Glad it is spring now and that the crap winter is over 😉
    @Christa: thanks Christa 🙂
    @Girolamo: thanks for the compliment Girolamo! 🙂 

  103. Johan – So you cranked out the best of this year’s winter 🙂 Cool shot.

    • Author

      I am very sorry for the late respond. But you know I did appreciate your comment a lot 😀 

  104. Greg Mills` 6 years ago

    Love the simplicity of this, Johan. Really nicely done

  105. Ralph Mendoza 6 years ago

    Wonderful indeed

  106. Kurt Harvey 6 years ago

    I never knew that poles and lines could be so beautiful. 🙂 Awesome work Johan!! 

  107. Love this minimalistic approach Johan ! :-)

  108. Anna Rimovska 6 years ago


  109. Danica Macanga 6 years ago

    Often times means a lot to a little, and I now see that little mean much (for some people).

  110. Author

    Many thanks Sophie, Anna and Danica ! 🙂 

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