The Making of a Winter Wonderland Commercial Composite Photograph

Think you need to live somewhere cold and snowy to get pictures of a winter wonderland? See how Erik Almas created an icy urban scene for Trondheim Torg Shopping Center without a single snowflake:

To begin the process, Almas used a medium-format camera to shoot frames of a cloudy, snowless day in front of the shopping center in his home town of Trondheim, Norway.

Next, he traveled to a London studio to take pictures of ice sculpture replicas of the shopping center and a model. When shooting the model, he used an assortment of Profoto softboxes to replicate the soft light produced by an overcast sky and snowy landscape.

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With the results of his three photo shoots, Almas created a composite of several images that resulted in a magical winter scene.

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The final image includes many eye-catching details, such as glowing street lamps, believable shadows, and a textured, snowy sky. It’s hard to believe that the photo began with a plain photo of the shopping center on a dry, grey day.

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