It was a very cold and windy day. The wind made it very uncomfortable and I had no plans to go outside at all as a freezing day in winter with no snow is not ideal time for photography.
But, then I thought that if I do not go out, I would spend the next two hours staring at a monitor screen and reading useless nonsense. I picked up my gear and went to the local park.
As you can see, I was rewarded for my persistence with this interesting shot. What I like most about it is that it has three distinctive and contrasting areas of colors: ice, sky and foreground elements (tree, grass) illuminated with the warm sunset light.
The only real challenge I had with the shot was my long shadow being cast over the grass by the setting sun. I had to deal with it in post processing by masking it with the Stamp Tool in Photoshop.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 5 shots ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 5 images to tone map image ( -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, cropping, I used Stamp Tool to cover my own shadow.
- Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software helped me to enhance details and contrast, in ice surface area, tree and grass. I used following filetes: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (ice, snow, sky)