Friday, January 1, 2010

Week 36, Day 253, January 1, 2010, Bridge over icy water.

It was a beautiful snowy morning for the first day of 2010.

I took several photos this morning.  This was my favorite. It's from a local park.

Lessons Learned (Questions):
  • I think that the Circular Polarizer Filter is probably not a good idea for Snow photos when the sky is overcast.  It seems to create a warmer scene.
  • When importing a RAW image, I've been looking at the histograms of the colors to correct the white balance in Adobe Photoshop.  It seems that if I just have the blue starting to show on the right side of the histogram, that I'm getting the best color.  Has anybody else worked with this.  If so, do you agree with those results?
Photo details: Exposure time 1/4 sec, Aperture f/22.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 28 mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, tripod, converted to black and white in Picassa.

This Monochrome concept came from Aileni at The Monochrome Weekly

14 comments:

Yolanda said...

Oh this is so pretty - great composition and works perfectly in b/w. I love the shape of the bridge and the softness of the snow on the trees. A great winter scene for the first of the year!

Andrew said...

That's a fantastic shot! I like how it doesn't look flat when converted to B&W. Especially with shots like this, that tends to be my problem.

Histograms are still somewhat of a mystery to me. I basically know that you ideally want a nice bell-curve-ish shape, that extends to both edges. That means you have nice even lighting, and good color. Some photos aren't supposed to have even lighting or balanced colors though, so the histogram isn't the end-all in my opinion.

AB said...

Snow always seems to turn out darker in my photos than the image in my head.

Dark or not, this is a lovely composition.

Nicki said...

This is beautiful, Steve! I saw some shots on my run yesterday but never got back out with my camera. Maybe will take it with me today if it warms enough.

imagidiem said...

Great picture Steve. There is nice contrast between the snowy parts of the tree branches and the darker underside of the branches.

I think the bridge helps simplify the image.

Tunes Photo said...
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Tunes Photo said...

Very nice picture! I have never used polarizer when the sky is overcast so I can`t help you.

RuneE said...

The bridge came out very nice indeed.

I never use pola-filters with snow since It tends to remove the "sparkle" from the snow.

Books are written about how to use the histogram. I recommend "Real World Camera Raw with PS CS4" by Fraser and Schewe.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

wow! what park?

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

awarewriter said...

Outstanding image Steve. Can't help you with your color questions and you have the B&W under control.

Elisabeth said...

Neat capture in the park. Sorry, I don't usually shoot in RAW so...can't help you out with the conversion process. Happy New Year!

Elisabeth said...

Back again...Playing with Contrast and Brightness under Image Adjustments in Photoshop, can make things pop. Hope this information is helpful.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

How beautiful that is. Whatever you did works well.