Where are the pictures

If you are wondering what I have been up to lately here is my two favorite themes to photograph for the last six months:
- family
- documenting construction of a new Smartling headquarters

As kids grow up they require more and more time. I am happy to give them all what is left after work but it means photography work is to suffer. I do not see how it will change any time soon.

Snow

We had a number of spectacularly beautiful winters in the last several years. Despite of being well prepared for travel in snow - awd, winter tires, stick shift etc, I rarely do it. Winter landscape photography is limited by what I can shoot from my porch or on a short walk around house. This one is taken without even leaving a house. This is 12+ inches of snow on my deck.

Snow

I thought this image is too monochromatic and decided to add some color. Hope you will never look at picture of snow the same way again!

rainbow snow

Me vs Ernst Haas

I get a lot of books based on recomendations and "Color Correction" by Ernst Haas was not exception. I did not understand what is so important about Haas's work when I got this book. I like to look at and read about things that I do not understand. I had a chance to look at the pictures in the book a couple more times and I started to see some familiar notes. I actually said more than once - "Hmm, this looks just like a picture I took then and there". But "soapy window" takes the cake!
I have no idea why I made my picture. Sometimes I see things and they just feel right yet there is no any advanced thought or idea behind the image. Strangely these photographs are getting stuck in my mind, I remember them and I print them, and some of them end up on a wall. 

Oleg Shpak: Opaque window

Ernst Haas: Soapy window

Ernst Haas: Soapy window