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In from the cold

This was taken a few hundred yards from my old home in Crieff (Scotland). On a technical note, vaseline was used to create the blur in the foliage.

All the best. mal

In from the cold

This was taken a few hundred yards from my old home in Crieff (Scotland). On a technical note, vaseline was used to create the blur in the foliage.

All the best. mal

comments (49)

Magical trees! This is excellent.
Quite fantastical!
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 7 Mar 2008, 00:57
Damn, what the hell is this, mal? The Magic Forest from Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood"? You keep surprising me, man. When I think, that it, mal squeezed all he could from his vaseline magic, you always come up with something as mind blowing as this.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 7 Mar 2008, 03:16
Gorgeous. Feels like I'm in a dream.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 7 Mar 2008, 03:54
I'm guessing we'll see a lamppost in there if we look far/long enough, Mal? Enchanting.
This is excellent mal, what have you done?
  • Katie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Mar 2008, 05:30
Way too cool! Very dreamy. Great use ofÂ… vaseline..
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 7 Mar 2008, 06:22
Beautiful and unique.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Mar 2008, 06:36
These trees are like ballerinas in a magic forest. Another magical creation in vaseline- majeur.

All the best in thinking up the next one.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Mar 2008, 08:23
I did wonder when I looked at it, how the snow was managing to stay on in the wind! glad you explained. This is a beautiful image - very creative.
I have always wondered about vaseline photography. Perhaps it's time to try my hands at it too? smile Nice capture.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 7 Mar 2008, 08:42
Very magical feel to it.
This is just excellent. You are a magician Mal!
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 7 Mar 2008, 09:33
Woderful almost a white out
The trees will have a hard time holing onto snow with all that vaseline and you must have had to use a lot of vaseline. Only kidding...LOL Very cool photo effect, Mal.
Pentax ME super...takes me back. My first 35mm camera was a Pentax SV...wish I still had it.

Vaseline used to great effect Mal.
ME super - what a camera, small enough to slip into your Barbour pocket. Still have mine, but not used it in anger for a while!

Very strange effect - looks like it has been snowing feathers. Always impressed with your innovation, pushing boundaries thro conventional means.

Have a good week end. Mike ;o)
  • Bernie
  • Stoke
  • 7 Mar 2008, 13:07
You sure get through some amount of vaseline Mal - have you got shares in the company?

Have a good one.
  • dotun
  • Maryland, US
  • 7 Mar 2008, 16:17
love it.
Nice effects. Love it
Simply fantastic, as always Bravo!!!!!

Why I not use the vasellina in photography after so many examples of the "master" Mal ?!?!?! smile
Flamin heck, I love it but what does that amount of vaseline do to your lens ?

You are the man Malwalker, I'd be wettin myself !

i can feel the wind man!! que chevere!
  • Aksel
  • ...home at last
  • 7 Mar 2008, 21:57
This is WOW, love the magic and light in this one
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 7 Mar 2008, 22:31
Everything everyone said time three. I can't stop looking at this one.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Mar 2008, 03:16
Narnia...before the thaw!
My favourite of all the "snow" pics that have graced SC this winter.
[So glad you have found another use for vaseline, mal, as "repairing chapped lips" looked a bit lonely on its resume]
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 8 Mar 2008, 08:56
wow awesome image Mal, not sure if every one will be out buying vaseline thoughsmile
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 8 Mar 2008, 16:45
Beautiful winter-wonderland. wink
As many have said, the vaseline effect is magical. It's a small world--I spent a wonderful seven months in Crieff in 1979.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 9 Mar 2008, 12:05
kudos sir, you have impressed once more..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Mar 2008, 18:41
Never I saw a photo so full of the imagination: That is snow, snow over snow, and we are sinking into the snow, deeper and deeper, I don't know if we shall escape these lots of snow, and then- ?
  • laku
  • London
  • 9 Mar 2008, 22:22
This is beautiful mal, well done! Very fairytale like
love the mystery in the shot smile
  • Ellie
  • south coast UK in the rain
  • 11 Mar 2008, 00:02
Straight out of either Narnia or Tolkein - but I think I've said that before about a snow scene of yours. Magic.
  • Fausto
  • Home Sweet Oso
  • 11 Mar 2008, 06:00
This makes me think of a scene of The Cronicals of Naraina or Narania..forgot the title. But hey, this is "cool" shot. Call me stupid..but how did you use the vaseline? I'm curious...
  • rhys
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 06:40
gee, this is magical/surreal/beautiful/intriguing/fantastic all rolled into one. A cracker.
  • Urv
  • California
  • 11 Mar 2008, 07:08
This is a feast for the eyes. I love it! Just the right blend of reality and fantasy
  • mick
  • GB
  • 11 Mar 2008, 14:59
Fantastic shot Mal,its a cracker.
  • Pamela
  • United States
  • 11 Mar 2008, 18:53
This is absolutely stunning!! I Love it!!!!

You are a great talent!
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, UK
  • 11 Mar 2008, 21:20
Wow Mal. A much overused word these days is awesome, but this shot is.. well...

Since reading your blog I now buy my vaseline in 5Kg tubs. Actually that's a lie, but I want to go out and buy some vaseline. Not too many blogs could say that... or at least the kinds of blogs I read anyway grin
  • Roz Sears
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Mar 2008, 14:06
Oh wow! My flabber is gasted - this is just so brilliant! Awesome! (:o)
  • Thomas
  • Sweden
  • 12 Mar 2008, 20:54
Hm, what does one say after 45 previous comments - without just repeating the obvious?

The contrasts, the reduction to (nearly) only pure black and white gives the photo a great graphical quality, that contrast really great with the fluffy treetops. And the composition is spot on, the view is just sucked into the forest - wondering what comes after those first trees.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 15 Mar 2008, 00:01
I've not read all 46 comments to see if an answer already exists but my curiosity has been long did it take to put the vaseline on all those branches?
  • Grant
  • South Africa
  • 19 Mar 2008, 20:53
Wow, this is awesome! The foliage has such a haunting effect - love it!
could you please explain to me how you created your vaseline effect. I didn t get it.
the picture s amazing.
  • Oswegan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 May 2008, 18:16
Wonderful image.
This is a MASTERPIECE ! Really ! It really gives a powerful atmosphere to the image... and underlines the delicacy of the snow on the branches. I'm speechless.
Astounding image, with great technique. Il like it much!
WOW! Love the effect vaseline did! Very creative! Thanks for the tip!

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