My family surname, Beausoleil, means Beautiful Sun in English. I am a “beautiful sun” photographer. It’s all about the light – at sunrise or dark of night.
Whenever I am feeling off-center in my life, I run to the mountains to regain my perspective. Where do you go to re-center yourself?
Many times, a photograph made from a snow scene will appear as naturally-occurring black and white image. In this shot, there’s a gray tinge thanks to the contrast of the gray clouds, indirect sunlight, and white snow covered trees.
Oftentimes when I’m out in nature with my camera, I can tell immediately when a photograph is going to look better in black and white than it does in color. Not every image is better than black and white. It has to do with the significance of the light and shadows and the contrast between them.
In the mountains, I have even more time to capture magical light of the sun because of the length of time it takes to rise over the mountains.
Living in Virginia, I am happy to live in an area of the country that sees the changing of the seasons and gets an occasional snowfall. It’s a blend of both worlds – winter doesn’t last forever, but when it’s here, it’s a landscape photographer’s dream.
The snowfall was a bit more significant in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway.