Snow on Snow

© Sue C. Cole

Snow on Snow

Dale Hardin 2/9/2012 8:33:35 PM

Sue, this is really a well composted shot and a classic scene. I like it a lot.

Since you asked, there are improvments that could be done,in a number of ways depending on your desires for this image. I'll give you three samples.

One, duplicate image and drop the highlights by 25% using the shadows/highlights tool. Then remove the color cast by sampling the foreground snow.

Second variation. Duplicate, reduce highlights 25%, and change to black and white. You'll find that the fenced area will look dark and shaded (as it does now) so would suggest duplicating, apply screen blend and mask to balance that area.

third variation. Same as first, except apply falling snow to the image for more drama. #1442358

Sue C. Cole 2/9/2012 9:18:02 PM

Thanks Dale, I will be working on the in the morning:)

Carla Capra 2/10/2012 7:23:55 AM

lovely, look 4ward to edits #9975044

Jeff E Jensen 2/10/2012 8:08:11 AM

Yeah, this is really beautiful. Makes me glad that our winter has been a bit mild :o)

I like Dale's suggestions, I think the second would be my preference. The slight blue color cast is my only issue (very common for images of snow) #9975095

Michael Kelly 2/10/2012 3:47:41 PM

I agree with Jeff. The second one would be my recommendation. I love the shot! A wonderful white on white study. The composition is wonderful and the dark trunk of the tree and the bit of fence posts add great contrast to the white all around.

Also agree with Jeff. This has been a great mild winter for us here. It may get a little dry. If we don't get some more precipitation, but we have been known to get a lot of moisture in March.

Teresa H. Hunt 2/10/2012 6:02:28 PM

Looks cold!!

This is a really beautiful shot! I look forward to seeing the edits. #9976169

Anthony L. Mancuso 2/10/2012 6:44:53 PM

Very nice Sue! Luckily we haven't gotten very much snow around here since our freak October storm..WLTSDS #9976237

Anthony L. Mancuso 2/10/2012 6:46:47 PM

Very nice Sue! Luckily we haven't gotten very much snow around here since our freak October storm..WLTSDS #9976242

Stephen Shoff 2/10/2012 8:46:53 PM

It will be interesting to me to see how Dale's suggestion turns out. #9976359

Aimee C. Eisaman 2/11/2012 4:43:53 AM

I really like this sue...always love photos of snow laden trees and the fence adds to the composition and interest. I just can't seem to see images like that like I do images of people. WLTSDS :~) #9976682

Beth Spencer 2/14/2012 6:50:18 PM

I really like the composition and the only thing would be to remove the blue color cast. I look forward to the edits. #9983094

Peter W. Marks 2/15/2012 3:20:55 AM

A very nice image Sue and like the others would be interested in seeing any adjustments you might make.
"Composted" Dale?? Thanks for reminding me that one of my gardening chores toady is to turn the compost pile down at the bottom of the #9983432

Dale Hardin 2/15/2012 8:16:25 AM

Peter, you mis-understood. "composted" is how most of my images need to be and I became confused, again. :o) Good catch. #9983857

Ellen H. Robertson 2/16/2012 7:32:14 AM

Beautiful. Love the tree, the fence corner and the stark simplicity. #9985483

Sue C. Cole 2/17/2012 7:46:00 PM

Drum roll please...dddumdddum... I finally finished the three suggestions Dale gave me on this image. I'm not proficient in PSCS5 but I am working on it. Thank you Dale. I know which one I like the best but I would like to know what you all think. I do plan to enter one of these in a juried art show come April. If you would be so kind to tell me which one you would choose and why I would really appreciate it. #9988292

Sue C. Cole 2/17/2012 7:47:16 PM

OOOPS, lol! It might help to add the pics' #9988293

Peter W. Marks 2/18/2012 6:17:14 AM

Good morning Sue. Looking at all three of the adjusted images brought home to me what I had missed in the original you posted. The area enclosed by the fence creates a band of tone or color that seems at odds with the sky and snow; almost as if you had selected that area and did a slightly different curves adjustment to it so that now the bits of sky seen between the wire fence is a slightly different tone of grey but also the snow on the ground within the fenced area is not as white as the foreground.
But when we come to your three adjusted versions both #1 and #3 have the same characteristic but #2 has a much more even tone and I prefer that to all the others. My vote #2! #9988833

Aimee C. Eisaman 2/19/2012 9:09:33 AM

My vote goes for the 2nd suggestion! :~) #9990414

Ellen H. Robertson 2/19/2012 12:58:26 PM

my choice is the third one. I like that you can see the snow in the sky, to me completes the snow you see on the tree. And really give the shot the cold stark feel. I just love it. #9990676

Teresa H. Hunt 2/19/2012 5:15:35 PM

I vote for #2 as well. Thought I like #3 too. Good luck in the competition :) #9991015

Sue C. Cole 2/20/2012 7:53:37 PM

Thank you for all your suggestions I will let you know the outcome if I get selected. Peter, I don't remember doing any selective adjustments but I will find the original and check it out. I didn't really notice that until you pin pointed it out and now it stand out. Thank you #9993241

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this is one I captured during the recent snow storm we had. I am thinking of entering this in a jouried art show so any suggestions to improve it would be helpful.

Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 125, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 85.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D

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