I had a great day for shooting Hoar frost.  A friend and I took advantage of a sunny noon hour to take some photos in the parking lot.  The bright sun caused the South facing frost on the sides of the trees and bushes to melt, while the still frigid air maintained the North facing frost.  It made for an interesting contrast.

The combination of a zoom lens and and small aperture allows the background colors to really show through without revealing the otherwise unsightly scene.  The effect is known as Bokeh.  I looked for cars in the parking lot that had nice shades or reflections that made for more interesting background tones.

Some branches formed delicate ribbons of frost, that I suspect was aided by a light wind.  It’s just amazing to see.

My whole set of photos can be found on flickr.

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