1/52: The Dark Season

The Dark Season

The Dark Season - photo ©Geir Ertzgaard


Maybe not the most descriptive title, but here’s a quick description: Web friend Yngve Thoresen and I have agreed to post one picture a week during the whole of 2011, agreeing on subjects as a week arrives. The picture has to be captured during the week before publishing, and the image has to be posted by Sunday evening at latest. The first week’s subject? The Dark Season, or Mørketid, as I would call it in Norwegian. We are allowed to skip one week in each direction if we travel or unexpected things happen.

Why do this? Sometimes weeks pass by without any inspiration to take pictures. What we do, is leave the camera behind and let all those image stories pass us by. But Chuck Close said it beautifully in the fantastisc Andrew Zuckerman production «Wisdom»: Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.

I thinkt this is to prove to myself and others that by just keeping on practicing and doing those shots, great images and beautiful stories will arrive.

On the image itself: I captured it today a few of hours ago, my daughert and me went to get some flour at the store to bake Apple pie. We need something warm when the weather turns cold and the season gets dark. It was raining, the snow had melted but the lights left some wonderful reflections on the water covered ice. At this time of year you’d also expect dreary darkness and a variety of grey tones, but even during the dark season, the world is full of colors.

I challenge Jan Ivar Vik, Simen Soltvedt and Ståle Ertzgaard to join Yngve and me on this project, but anyone who wishes are welcome to join in. Just make a subcategory to your photo blog and make sure you link back to the rest of the elected few.

Yngve’s post for this week: Walking in Darkness

11 replies
  1. Yngve Thoresen
    Yngve Thoresen says:

    A good start, Geir. I like the mood in this image and I think you have done a nice job in capturing this weeks subject. The reflections on the melted ice was a nice touch.

    The image also shows some of the difficulties when working with multiple light sources, giving quite different color temperatures. In this picture you have used this to your advantage, giving the image more color and variety.

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    • Geir
      Geir says:

      Thanks, Yngve. Playing to the advantages is the only solution here, the picture was taken under very difficult circumstances, with rain and darkness galore. There’s much room for improvement here, but at least I think I got the lighting right.

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  2. Ståle
    Ståle says:

    Thanks for a new challenge. Maybe that’s just what I need to get going again with both camera and blog? I’ll pass quietly by the first week since it has passed into oblivion, but am waiting for this week’s «assignment».

    Your shot: Nice and moody. Reminds me of what Stavanger looks like in winter. A slippery slope to slide on. Like Yngve, I like the way you play with colours of the different light sources. Gives an atmosphere that’s somewhere between cozy and hellbound 🙂

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    • Geir
      Geir says:

      Ståle: This is the way Stavanger is, and if you’re to follow the golden rule of photography, I think I hit this image on the nail. The Golden Rule? Take pictures of what you see, not of what you want to see.

      I firmly believe in this mantra, and try sticking to it as much as I can.

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    • Geir
      Geir says:

      Mercie, Marie. L’image a été prise dans des conditions d’éclairage très difficile. Cela signifie que je mets une valeur ajoutée de vos commentaires.

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    • Geir
      Geir says:

      The lights are the good part, Marcie. The composition and timing of this image has a lot lacking. But that’s the idea of the X/52 project. Just go get that picture. Why not join us?

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