Embracing Winter

Embracing Winter.

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Embracing Winter

Since Gov. Dayton has declared all public schools closed for Monday, January 6 due to dangerous temps and wind chills, it seems fitting to blend some snow images.  While the temps warmed up to -4 degrees F on the day these images were captured, it really didn’t seem all that cold.  (The subject may beg to differ since she had fewer layers on than me.)

Embracing Winter

Embracing Winter

Photo Info: Canon 5D Mark 2 / ISO 160 / aperture 2.8 / shutter 1/800
Two images blended plus a little extra “snow” added in the air with Album DS clipart.  Album DS is a software plug-in for Photoshop which, interestingly enough, is based out of Spain.

I’m glad I’m not outside capturing these images today!  Even I have limits…

Prairie Whispers

The prairie softly whispers in hushed tones as the brisk air of night surrounds our world.
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Photo info: Canon 5d Mark 2 / 70-200 lens / aperture 5.6 / shutter 1/200 / Time of day – 11 a.m.
Blended with cloud images and snow added from Albums DS art

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

After the Storm

After the Storm

A little over seven years ago the eastern South Dakota/western Minnesota region experienced an ice storm of epic proportions. Heavy rain started in the morning and quickly turned to ice with rapidly falling temperatures. Power went out, schools and activities cancelled as our busy lives screeched to a halt. After the precipitation finally moved on the world appeared to be a combination of a fairy wonderland and armageddon. Powerlines and trees heaved and fell under the weight of the heavy ice which meant extended power outages for many.

I’m always amazed at what this old, gnarly tree can endure and, to this day, the tree still stands. (Click on the image for a larger view)

It’s Photo Friday and Red Riding Hood is Sad.

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ISO 160 / F 3.5 / 1/400

Combination of two main images plus treeline layers added and blended while the subject was flipped horizontally for more a pleasing composition. Creek was removed as I found it distracting ~  I wanted the emotion of the subject to be the main focus. Color was desaturated enough to give a vintage tone, wanted the dress color to tie in with the trees and a slight warming filter was added. Falling snow was added in layers with a motion blur added to the final top snow layer. Eraser tool removed any distracting snow on face.

My dilemma was whether to remove any snow in front of the face to emphasize her expression or leave some to appear more realistic. Hmmm…

I would love to give this a painted look.  Any suggestions?

Thoughts of Winter

The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.  ~Terri Guillemets

Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring