Standing tall

A gathering of larch trees in their winter coat

Standing tall
April 18, 2013 Johan Peijnenburg
In Photography
Black & white winter image featuring a group of larch trees covered with snow and hoar-frost, surrounded by virgin snow and fog (by Johan Peijnenburg)
175mm – f/11 – 1/160 sec – ISO100 – D800E with 70-200mm f/4

Yes, I know, I know … spring has started (where I am at least). Going to post one last winter scene though. Hope you don’t mind!? 🙂

In the past few months, I have seen many photographs come by that feature solitary trees in their snowy surroundings. Wanted to balance things a bit by posting this black & white winter image of not so lonely larch trees in their winter coat. I shot it last January during a hike near La Fouly, a small village located in the Val Ferret valley in the Swiss canton of Valais. It was quite windy and about minus 25°c (-13°f) that day. For some reason I liked this scene instantly when I saw it. Maybe because of the touch of fresh snow on the branches of the trees? Or because of the shape that the trees form together? Or just because of the simplicity of the scene? It might as well have been the thought that the trees seemed to cuddle up to withstand the freezing cold together though! Anyway … hope you like this black & white winter image as well!

I brought my new Nikon 70-200 f/4 lens along for the first time that day for testing. This is one of the results. In general the lens gives very nice results across the frame and great micro-contrast and details at all focal lengths. Looks like I will be selling a 70-200 f/2.8 lens soon 🙂

The image was processed in Lightroom 4.3. No filters were used.

Comments (315)

  1. Sandra Parlow 1007 years ago

    Oh wow!! this is just ….

    beautiful Johan !!!!

  2. Diego Cattaneo 7 years ago

    this is a super image Johan :))

  3. cool Johan, great image

  4. beautiful winter image Johan 🙂

  5. Bill Pevlor 7 years ago

    Stark beauty!

  6. Sandy Schepis 7 years ago

    Fabulous Johan!

  7. Monte Trumbull 7 years ago

    Excellent comp Johan!

  8. Harald Walker 7 years ago

    Had seen this photo on your site a while ago. Excellent winter shot!

  9. Lovely scene of the leaving white beauty, with its all magnificence… a gone beauty… 🙂

  10. Very nice composition !

  11. Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

    This is beautiful Johan! I see that you also got pictures of this beautiful winter 🙂

  12. Author

    @Naghmeh: Thank you 🙂
    @Thierry: merci!!
    @Dominique: thanks! See you Sunday!

  13. This is gorgeous, Johan, Winter or not. Wonderful work, as usual … :o)

    • Author

      Thanks Robin! Btw I left a comment on your post earlier re the mentorship thing. Maybe I am interested :)

  14. Paul Ferzoco 7 years ago

    Great shot

  15. Pat Smyth 7 years ago


  16. David W. Amelon 7 years ago

    Nice balance to the singles!

  17. Marion Owen 7 years ago

    Ditto to David’s comment.

  18. Gemma Costa 7 years ago

    a beautiful white shot Johan

  19. Rik Kooijman 7 years ago

    Sterke foto Johan, bijna grafisch / stilistisch.

  20. And where is van Gogh ? 😀 Wonderful as usual Johan, love it. But love the other much more 🙂

    • Author

      Hiding behind one of those trees Anette! Yeah, the other one … still a work in progress … I was getting annoyed by it so decided to let it rest for a while. Will post it soon. Think it will be a hit here 😉 

  21. Dragos Ioneanu 7 years ago

    Lovely winterscape, the trees gives the feeling of floating in the air!

  22. Lori Carey 7 years ago


  23. Carolyn Fahm 7 years ago

    You are the master of snow covered trees, Johan. This makes me sorry that winter is over because I will miss this magic.

    • Author

      many thanks for the nice words Carolyn. I will miss it to, but it has been a long winter so happy I can go out shooting again with a lot more simple outfit :)

  24. Shelly Gunderson 7 years ago


  25. Dalibor Pačić 7 years ago

    awesome shot Johan 

  26. Johnny Minor 7 years ago

    Wow, fantastic shot Johan. Love the processing as well. 

  27. Quite strange that f/4 works better than f/2.8. But it was on the margin 😉 Wonderful photo Johan again. Your photo presents best class in photography, I don’t like it, I love it 😀 

    • Author

      it is half the weight of the f/4 and delivering even better quality for what I do then the f/2.8. Seriously. Only the bokeh is a bit less, but that is not what I use this lens for. The f/4 is ideal for hiking and landscape stuff. And with the saved weight I can pack an extra lens.

      Thanks for the compliment. I was not sure about this image. I like it a lot, but I was afraid it was too simple 🙂 

      • I thought 14-24 is your prime lens. I see you have plenty of gears 😀 Regarding your photo, I don’t exaggerate, it is lovely composition, I have seen simpler photos by you 😉 It works perfectly. As Dominique suggested, now is time for BBQ, no more snow for now please 😀

        • Author

          the 14-24 only for some stuff. I also use the 70-200 a lot and the 24-70 as well. For LE I tend to use prime lenses nowadays … yes, I have too many lenses but they are all used a lot! 🙂

          And yes … will behave as of now. Going to focus on non-snow shots 😉

          Thanks again for the compliment!

          • Dominique Dubied 7 years ago

            Arghh when I saw Johan’s image, I was just hesitating to post (again!) a last winter image Grzegorz ;-)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            hehe why not Dominique ? It will be colder again the coming days … and perfect shooting weather on Sunday 😀 

          • Grzegorz Piechowicz 7 years ago

            Thanks Johan and Dominique :)) Best regards my friends :)

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            Have a great weekend Grzegorz !

          • Grzegorz Piechowicz 7 years ago

            Thank you and you too Johan :)

  28. Paul Paradis 7 years ago


  29. Robert Skreiner 7 years ago

    Great photo and work!

  30. Author

    @Paul: merci Paul and thanks for sharing !!!
    @Robert: many thanks Robert and thank you for sharing as well!! 

  31. Rc Snoy 7 years ago


  32. Ivana Tamler 7 years ago

    🙂 :-)

  33. Alan Majchrowicz 7 years ago

    Sweet, beautiful grouping!

  34. Eric Delcour 7 years ago

    Beautiful !

  35. Dwayne Oakes 7 years ago

    great work Johan 

  36. beautiful imagery!

  37. Francis Gagnon 7 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful, Johan !

  38. Jens Ceder 7 years ago


  39. Jany Viala 7 years ago

    Very beautiful

  40. Look amazing… 

  41. David Orr 7 years ago

    Beautiful work !!

  42. Tim McAdam 7 years ago

    Love it Johan !

  43. Ian Good 7 years ago

    Don’t mind winter on my screen Johan 🙂 I can see why you liked this scene – it’s beautiful.

  44. Barbara BM 7 years ago

    Fa ntastic……………bardzo kreatywne i oryginalne.

  45. Kerry Murphy 7 years ago


  46. Margaret Wong 7 years ago

    Really like that white-on-white look highlighting the winter trees :)

  47. Betty Manousos 7 years ago

    what a superb photo dear Johan a lovely, clear and reflective image.

    you’ve been missed!:)

    • Author

      Thanks Betty and sorry. I was busy travelling and dealing with family matters. But I am back now and hoping to post a bit more frequently :)

  48. Hope OHara 7 years ago

    even if its still snow.. this is an amazing capture.. really does show the beauty winter has..

    • Author

      Thanks Hope! It was a tough winter here for photography, but still got away with some nice ones 🙂 

  49. Victoria Etna 7 years ago

    Ohhhh wow ! Wasn’t expecting snow today from you…. Mostly because here is so hot !
    Great !!! This is refreshing and so beautiful….what a lovely composition and light ! Love it Johan : ))) thank you !

  50. So gorgeous Johan !! I love the wonderful composition and great details!! I love the tranquility and feel of this!! Absolutely stunning my friend!!

  51. Author

    @Victoria: thank you Victoria 🙂 Well actually was planning to post a totally different non-snowy image, but was not happy with it yet. Glad I have some reserves 😉
    @Margaret: thanks for the compliment Margaret !! 😀 

  52. Jerry Johnson 7 years ago

    Yet another stunning photo that moves beyond the visually satisfying stage, straight up and into the inspirational stratosphere! It’s a beauty Johan ! 🙂 

    • Author

      Many thanks Jerry! I will do a few lonely trees as well next year ;)

  53. Meg Rousher 7 years ago

    Wow what a beautiful shot 🙂

  54. Vitor Ferreira 7 years ago

    Nice one :)

  55. Alex Filatov 7 years ago

    Love it, just simply beautiful and beautifully simple!

  56. John Dusseault 7 years ago

    this is fantastic Johan 

  57. Andi Rivarola 7 years ago

    Fantastic shot and great description of the scene and production of the shot.

  58. kurt Harvey 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning capture Johan. A magical Winter moment. Its as if they stand together with pride in their white jackets.

  59. Justin Wondga 7 years ago

    My retinas love this!

  60. Alycia Miller 7 years ago

    Lovely mood with exquisite BW tones ;-)

  61. E.E. Giorgi 7 years ago

    well, spring hasn’t started here, in fact, it’s been snowing more than it has all winter, so this is perfectly in theme! 🙂 awesome shot as always, Johan!

  62. Mikko Tyllinen 7 years ago

    Wonderful picture Johan, so beautiful. Fabulous winter Magic!

  63. Sumit Sen 7 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  64. Anna Ryndak 7 years ago

    Just simply beautiful!

  65. Ada M. 7 years ago

    I do not mind, I just love it!!!

  66. John Dunne 7 years ago

    This is beautiful Johan. Have you printed it yet? It looks like you’ve managed to retain some lovely detail in the snow.

    • Author

      thanks (also for the retweet)! No haven’t printed it for myself yet. You are right there is quite some detail in the snow, which is especially nice in the shaded below the trees :)

  67. Markus Rienzer 7 years ago

    impressive work!!

  68. Author

    @Meg: thank you Meg 🙂
    @Vitor: many thanks Vitor!
    @Alex: nice comment 🙂 Thanks Alex! 

  69. Author

    @John: well thank you John! Glad you like it!
    @Andi: many thanks Andi ! 

  70. Author

    @Kurt: that was what I thought Kurt 🙂 Thanks!
    @Justin: I can imagine. There is quite some detail in this image 🙂 Thank you!

  71. Author

    @Alycia: thanks Alycia 🙂
    @E.E. Giorgi: thank you Elena. Glad the snow has ended here. I now have rain 😉
    @Mikko: thanks Mikko! 

  72. Author

    @Sumit: many thanks Sumit!
    @Anna: glad you like it Anna!
    @Ada: thanks Ada 🙂 

  73. I think you’ve balanced things successfully ;-). Thanks for this cool, refreshing image!

    • Author

      Hey Wilfried! Thanks. Yes, I figured you needed a dose of crisp snow 🙂 You know where this is right?

  74. Will S. 7 years ago

    The milky tones are wonderful to look at. Beautiful details on the tree and that subtle details of shadows are also my favorite part in this image. Excellent work, Johan !!!

    • Author

      Many thanks Will ! It is always difficult to get these details across at this size :)

  75. Andreas Levi 7 years ago

    😀 .. okay, it is indeed time for images without snow, but this here is gorgeous, Johan! We can feel the fantastic athmosphere – a wonderful work!!
    Wishing you a nice start in a great weekend! :)

  76. White beauty and great purity ! Great photo and work Johan .

  77. Author

    @Andreas: thank you Andreas! 🙂
    @Jean-Michel: thanks for the compliment Jean-Michel. Merci! 

  78. They’re very nicely naturally composed…so it’s a lovely one (even though it’s wintry…brrrr)! I’m a fan of lonely trees, so made quite a few such shots, didn’t post any for awhile though…went for spring and summer pics instead in the hopes of making these seasons arrive faster. How far did spring reach you? Snow gone? (Not here yet…) 

    • Author

      Thank you Charlotte 🙂 Spring did arrive here finally one week ago. Had a few nice and sunny days. Now a few days with rain, but looking good for next week. I am ready for spring :)

  79. Athena Carey 7 years ago

    Nice scene Johan. My eyes go immediately to the tree the others seem to be circled around. It’s as if that one is an elder, telling them all some tree folk story. :)

  80. Aamir Shahzad 7 years ago

    Fantastic image

  81. Very fine clear winter composition , excellent johan !!

  82. Beverley Aston 7 years ago

    Well I hoped I had seen the last of snow for this year but looking at this one how can we not love it – beautifully composed shot Johan !!

  83. Milena Ilieva 7 years ago


  84. Tom Tran 7 years ago

    This is such a beautifully pristine scene Johan. If we take each of these trees and plant them separately then they would surely balance out with all the other lone trees seen in the past months. 😀
    In your observation, how does the f/2.8 compare when shot at f4 or higher?

    • Author

      thanks Tom. If I shoot at f/8 to 11 I like the results of the f/4 better. It looks like the results are more consistent across the frame. detail and micro-contrast of both lenses are comparable. I haven’t shot a lot with the f/4 lens at f/4 to 8 to be honest. I assume the bokeh of the f/2.8 will be a touch better. I don’t usually use this lens for that though. I don’t mind giving up a bit of good bokeh for the weight I save … 

      • Tom Tran 7 years ago

        It would seem the f/4 is a much better fit for your outdoor application Johan. Do you plan to shoot indoor weddings with it? That f/2.8 would be helpful then. :P

        • Author

          it is Tom. The only problem would be running in to wildlife. Will see how it will cope with that. I don’t do wedding nor portraiture Tom, so it is a good fit for what I do. Did you get yhe 85 in the end? 

          • Tom Tran 7 years ago

            The 85 is still on the docket. I’m considering the Sigma f/1.4 after reading very positive review on it.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            yeah noticed those reviews too. Is it a lot cheaper? 

          • Tom Tran 7 years ago

            It’s about twice the Canon f/1.8 and less than half the f/1.2.

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            Makes sense Tom. You need a birthday soon 😉 

          • Tom Tran 7 years ago

            Yes, I’ll take any day that comes with a present of my choosing Johan! :D

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 7 years ago

            go for it!

  85. Joan Munford 7 years ago

    Very well mastered this capture and I like the title says it all!

  86. Burkhard Kaiser 7 years ago

    really a great composition Johan :)

  87. Author

    @Joan: many thanks for all the plusses and comments! It is highly appreciated. Nice to meet you! 🙂
    @Burkhard: many thanks Burkhard! Nice to meet you too :)

  88. Mady Sach 7 years ago

    beautyful shot

  89. Gail Beerman 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful image Johan , it would look so nice printed large!

  90. gasp!
    This is breaktaking. I absolutely adore this image Johan!!

  91. Author

    @Mady: thanks Mady!
    @Gail: thank you. It looks quite nice big 🙂

  92. Author

    @Sinead: thanks! Very happy you like it that much 🙂

  93. Ela Mariy 7 years ago


  94. Gray Embry 7 years ago


  95. Author

    @Ela: thank you 🙂
    @Gray: thanks Gray! 

  96. George Marquardt 7 years ago

    This is fabulous Johan; I’m not ready to let go of winter for a while yet! Its interesting on the lens, the Canon 70-200 F4 is just such a nice high quality travel lens too, compared to the f2.8 version which weighs down the bag a bit much!

    • Author

      thanks George! I agree. Happy the f4 was introduced. It makes a lot of sense. I was always leaving home a lens I didn’t want to leave at home to accomodate the f2.8 and still have a reasonable weight on my back 🙂 

  97. Didier Demaret 7 years ago

    very nice!

  98. Michael Frye 7 years ago

    Beautiful and simple.

  99. David Shield 7 years ago

    Fantastic high key composition Johan 

  100. Lisa RedWillow 7 years ago

    Breath Taking. So very very beautiful

  101. Author

    @Michael: many thanks Michael!
    @David: glad you like it David 🙂
    @Lisa: thank you Lisa ! 🙂

  102. Gaurav Mittal 7 years ago

    Fantastic Johan, looks like a painting!

  103. Oh my this is beautiful Johan 

  104. Well if it’s that gorgeous I don’t mind you sharing another winter scene. It’s a beauty! 

  105. So beautiful! :)

  106. Author

    @Gaurav: it does in a way indeed Gaurav. Glad you like it 🙂
    @Angela: well thank you Angela 🙂
    @Dominique: dank je wel Dominique!
    @Оксана: many thanks Oksana 🙂 

  107. Leticia soares 7 years ago


  108. Chris Hutch 7 years ago

    Awesome Shot!

  109. Author

    Thanks Leticia and Chris ! :)

  110. Great shot Johan…. And congrats for photoextract….

  111. Dana Allen 7 years ago

    Perfect Johan !

  112. Maggy Meyer 7 years ago

    Fantastic!!! What an awesome work, Johan!! Love this!!!

  113. Author

    @Dana: thanks Dana!
    @Maggy: danke dir Maggy 🙂

  114. Yasmin Simpson 7 years ago

    Just an exquisite-exquisite one body Johan. I can stare at this forever… and woww shooting with this temperature, probably I would die, lol. As I mentioned before you and Athena are my snow-photographer heroes :-).

  115. Jim Lundgren 7 years ago

    Oh Johan, this just rocks. What a fantastic study in composition and minimalism of color. I am completely speechless!

  116. Author

    @Yasmin: glad you like it Yasmin 🙂 You know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing 😉
    @Jim: great comment Jim. Thanks for that! 

  117. what is this heresy i see? selling a Nikon 70-200 2.8 bah – lunacy Johan 🙂

    Or is that the extra weight savings :)

  118. Nora Carol 7 years ago

    I don’t mind a winter picture, we only have rain here lol..great shot Johan!

  119. Lizett Beltran 7 years ago

    Love it ! 🙂

  120. Love love love it Johan ! 🙂

  121. wonderful as always Johan 

  122. Markus Landsmann 7 years ago

    Perfect bw work Johan 

  123. Author

    Thanks Christian and Markus!

  124. Marc Vermeulen 7 years ago

    erg mooi, de bomen lijken wel in dit perfecte patroon te zijn neergezet 😉

  125. Fantastic work here Johan! Love the high-key / B&W mode / PP (^_^(

  126. Christoph Fisher 7 years ago

    Beautiful work here Johan !

  127. Michael Diblicek 7 years ago

    Damn, that’s cool Johan! I love this. Superb snowscape.

  128. Author

    @Christoph: thanks Christoph ! 🙂
    @Michael: nice to hear that Michael! Next year we need to make sure we go shoot scapes like this together! 🙂 

    • Michael Diblicek 7 years ago

      Yes that is a definite date, and i’m going to spend at least 3 days, in the diary for Jan 2014, i’m sure i could find some great shots up there too, just like this one.

  129. Olga Rook 7 years ago

    natural black and white, so graphic!

  130. looking super Johan, may I see it as a highkey photo :-)

  131. Shawn McClure 7 years ago

    Absolutely spectacular winter image, Johan… Beautiful…

  132. Subra Govinda 7 years ago

    Wonderful work Johan, this is beautifully captured !

  133. Author

    @Walter: yes you may 🙂 Thanks Walter!
    @Shawn: mn thanks Shawn!
    @Subra: thanks for the compliment Subra!

  134. Sudip Ghate 7 years ago

    Lovely shot Johan! Was this even converted to B&W? The contrast in the soft scene is just beautiful 

    • Author

      thanks! Well spotted. No conversion was needed. This is a natural B&W 🙂 Nice to see you here again! 

  135. Michael Salmela 7 years ago

    I came back for another look and realized that didn’t leave a comment on this beauty Johan. Absolutely sublime image and a fine gathering of trees, excellent work. 

    • Author

      and thank you for doing that Michael 🙂 Thanks for the compliment!

  136. Rikard Lindby 7 years ago

    Splendid. The tones of the shadows are great. The minimalistic approach as well.

  137. Mona Youssef 7 years ago

    Johan, your photos in black and white are breathtaking, so alive, sharp, sensible, talking and moving in my eyes!!! 

  138. Michael Menefee 7 years ago

    Very artistically done, thanks for sharing!

  139. Rohan Reilly 7 years ago

    Standing proud and beautiful too Johan 

  140. Don Spenner 7 years ago

    Pristine beauty Johan. A reminder of winter’s past!

  141. Author

    @Rohan: thanks Rohan!
    @Michael: you are very welcome Michael. Thanks!
    @Don: glad you like it Don! 🙂

  142. Michelle Potter 7 years ago

    Awesome image of winter at its most beautiful Johan. Congratulations!

  143. Sandra Moore 7 years ago

    This is art. I love it.

  144. Author

    Thank you both very much Michelle and Sandra !!

  145. Enrique Palaez 7 years ago


  146. Nikola Nikolski 7 years ago

    Wonderful image Johan, great style and composition m8!

  147. ladyy Lovaa 7 years ago

    super image surtout avec la nège

  148. Gorgeous! 

  149. Author

    Thank you Enrique!
    @Nikola: thanks! So what the heck does M8 mean … I am slow today ;)
    @Ladyy: thank you very much 🙂
    @Patricia: many thanks Patricia! :)

  150. Marilou Aballe 7 years ago

    Simply beautiful! Winter trees at its best!

  151. Asa Gislason 7 years ago

    Well, don’t think you need me to tell you this but your work is amazing 🙂 Really enjoy viewing it :-)

  152. Christa Niederer 7 years ago

    Lovely capture you got here, Johan! 

  153. Author

    @Asa: well, it is still very nice to hear Asa! 😉 Glad you like my work!
    @Christa: thanks again Christa!

  154. Joel Tjintjelaar 7 years ago

    Great photo Johan and this reminds me to shoot trees and forests too: it’s high on my list!

    • Author

      Thanks Joel! I don’t do it often enough either yet. They are great subjects. In find forests tough to shoot btw :)

  155. Ed Bannister 7 years ago

    wow sublime image

    • Author

      thank you very much Ed! No (visible) mountains in this one 😉 

  156. Gerard Charnley 7 years ago

    Sublime shot Johan

  157. Lente? Hier nog niet hoor hier regent het alleen maar! Prachtfoto! Jaloers! ;)

    • Author

      Dank je wel. Hetzelfde verhaal hier Johanna maar hopelijk einde week wat beter. Jaloers, weet je het zeker? Moest er 15km in -20 voor bergop lopen :D

  158. Wes Lum 7 years ago

    Beautiful as always!

  159. Kamal Deep Singh 7 years ago

    Very beautiful and inspiring capture…….thank you sir…….

  160. Hope OHara 7 years ago

    I love this.. and fall in love with it each time I see it.. it has so many elements with in… its soft.. its cold.. its balanced.. in perfection.. its like looking at a winter wonder land.. and what is even best.. is i don’t have to wear a coat/hat or gloves when viewing this.. “grins”

    • Author

      thank you so much Hope. I also love the feel of this one a lot 🙂 The cold grows on you btw 😀 

  161. Beautiful composition Johan ! Love it!

  162. Guy Lawrence 7 years ago

    So awesome!!! 

  163. Ed Bannister 7 years ago

    Sure is fun that people keep seeing this. well worthy of all the attention.

  164. ♥ ~❤❤❤~ ♥

  165. Guy Lawrence 7 years ago

    My favorite picture! :>)

  166. Brian Wilkins 7 years ago


  167. Kura Chan 7 years ago


  168. Author

    Many thanks Brian and Kura ! :)

  169. Andrew Prokos 7 years ago

    Pretty +1 Johan 

  170. Barb Kellogg 7 years ago

    Johan, really lovely website, and this photo is simply stunning! (I’ve been considering Photoshelter instead of my current photo host, so that’s how I found you.)


  171. Anna Rimovska 7 years ago

    Great shot ……wonderful!

  172. Great picture, the last few years I have tried to do similar photo but I could not. Congratulations.

    • Author

      I guess the trick is not to be after them too much 😉 I ran into these trees by accident on a long hike. I especially liked their shape and how they stood out against the snow. Lucky 🙂 

  173. Hope OHara 7 years ago

    I fall in love with this deeply each time it comes through my stream.. one of these days.. I am going to buy this.. that way I will always be in love.. “smile”..

  174. Enzo Ros 7 years ago

    Magnifique paysage, composition et nuances de gris Johan!

  175. Dave Berryman 7 years ago

    I think this is one of my favorites because of the simple symmetry of he layout, the shadows of the trees on the snow, and the white everywhere else.


  176. Nina Anthony 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shot. I see why Athena Carey recommends you!

    • Author

      Thank you Nina and nice to meet you! 🙂 Yes, Athena is a fan since I bribed her with hot chocolate :o)

      • Nina Anthony 7 years ago

        Nice to meet you, too. Chocolate is always a good bribe! ; )

  177. Stephen Cairns 6 years ago

    That’s beautiful. The quality of light is lovely – diffuse and soft. Gorgeous work.

    F4 over F2.8 if you are trekking for sure. Your back and shoulders will thank you. I never shoot below f8 for landscape work anyway.

    • Author

      One of my favorites so far this year Stephen. Thank you! 🙂 Yes that f/4 has proven to be a worthy replacement and back saver 🙂 

  178. Betty Manousos 6 years ago

    Fantastic Johan!!

  179. George Fletcher 6 years ago

    Oh wow! This is stunning!!

  180. Stan Showalter 6 years ago

    I love it Johan . This should be your Christmas card photo.

  181. Author

    @Sandra: thanks for the wow :o)
    @George: wow another wow. Thanks George 🙂
    @Stan: thanks Stan. I might do that next year :)

  182. Oh this is stunning…

  183. Jim Davis 6 years ago

    Yes, this is sweet!, great work Johan !

  184. Ellen Hasenbosch 6 years ago

    Dt plaatje geeft in ieder geval een mooi kerstgevoel 😀

  185. Enzo Ros 6 years ago

    Tout simplement magnifique Johan 

  186. Yasmin Simpson 6 years ago

    Gorgeous presentation!

  187. Don Spenner 6 years ago

    Excellent art, my friend, superb detail and beauty here.

  188. Super, dear Johan !

  189. Author

    Sweedon, Ellen, Jim, Enzo, Yasmin, Don and Елена: many thanks all for the kind words! Apologies for the late reply ! 🙂

  190. Daryl L. Hunter 6 years ago

    Great light :D

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