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Photographer Oskar Enander isn’t afraid of the dark

On a fundamental level, few individuals think both analytically and creatively—left brain, right brain stuff. But photographers are different, their work demanding technical mastery to make art. To celebrate the best in winter imagery, we asked seven photographers to talk about their most-loved shots, and then we chose a few dozen of our favorites.

For photographer Oskar Enander, getting the shot is all about timing. If the sun isn’t in the exact spot on the horizon, shadows don’t form in the right places. So he bides his time until the moment light and dark align perfectly—and when they do, he snaps shots that are full of texture and motion.

Here, it’s December, sometime before the winter solstice. Later in the year, this location doesn’t give a shadow because the sun is able to crawl above the peak in the background. Even here, the sun will come back in, maybe, 15 minutes after the shot was taken. But then you lose the shadow in the back there. So, it’s timing. I know the spot, and the wind formations are also really cool. I like contrast. I look for the really deep blues, shadows and light. A lot of my photos that are in color have this deep blue tone. There is always something interesting going on with the blues and whites, and this also works well with black and white. In winter photography, the contrast between white snow and dark shadows suits me well.

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