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Photographer: Jesse Fitzgerald, Maple Valley

Photo taken: Jan. 21, near Enumclaw

Photographer’s description: “I was out trying to capture the cold air and frost and came across these horses in the field. Just after noon, shot with the sun high and off to the right in the picture, with a Canon 5D MkII and a 24-105 L lens.”

Expert says: “The iced-over trees and fog with the peaceful horses has a calming effect. Great job comparing the densities of the tones. Tip: Wait for the third horse from the left to step forward to separate him from the second horse. Another idea is to wait for a horse to come closer to create more layers by having a more prominent foreground. The key is waiting around for that perfect moment.”

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