Johan Dalstrom: Our second child arrived about nine months ago and it resulted in a photo hiatus. My inspiration has now returned and I set the alarm for 5 am on Sunday. I went out to a small nature reserve with a small forest lake outside Stockholm, Sweden where I live. I had never visited the area before and the weather forecast suggested clear skies, so it was a bit of a hit or miss. When I arrived and saw the nothing in the sky I put on the telephoto lens and tried to find details in the scene to shoot. The image was taken as the early morning light hit a small islet with pine trees, separating it nicely from the dense pine forest behind it.
DN: Oh what beautiful light! And what a beautifully simple image! I like your thinking Johan - nothing going on in the sky so exclude it. I find myself going in tight with a long lens and looking for the simplest of compositions within the landscape more and more, and this superbly observed image illustrates in a nutshell why. There’s just enough detail in the dark shadows behind the islet too. Well done Johan, I hope this success has kick-started your creativity again.
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