Desktop Background – January 2012

Firing Squad

Firing Squad

January in central Illinois is usually cold and desolate. While the snow is beautiful for the first few days, the weather can definitely be degrading on the senses and the nerves.

I try my best to fight off the winter blues by embracing the cold and the beauty of the white snow. I spend a bit of time out and about shooting different scenes because winter only comes once a year and it’s a lot harder to recreate a snowy scene than it is to create a sunny one.

For some reason, someone forgot to turn on the big white valve in the sky this year and we are still in a holding pattern waiting for snow, cold, and misery. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining. But, at the same time, it’s tough to shoot scenes that are representative of winter in central Illinois without some snow. I guess we’ll just have to hold out a bit longer.

In the meantime, enjoy this month’s desktop background, shot a few winters ago.

About This Shot

The timing of this monthly desktop is a little surreal. I recently moved into my very first home and out of the apartment I’ve lived in for almost four years. I’ve been through a lot in that apartment, but I’m opening a new chapter in my life and ready to make new memories in my new home.

I took this shot right outside the front door of my apartment. The landlords keep up small “gardens” around the building. One of them had a small wooden barrel with a few dead flowers, as you can see, sticking straight up. With the snow gathered lightly on top, I felt that it was a great way to try out some heavy use of “bokeh,” the “out of focus” background that you see.

I love the colors and the depth of field in this image and, of course, it will always remind me of those first few years after college when I made a life of my own and started carving my niche in the world.

Please Note: I trust all of you with these images. Please don’t do bad things with them.

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