January 26, 2011

Off Season: Winter Settles In

Off Season wouldn’t be complete without a few images with the snow falling. So here is the first. I’ll be posting a couple more as the series moves along.

Yesterday morning, I woke up to this gentle snowfall. It was the fourth snow in about two weeks we’ve had to deal with it (and more coming today).

I decided to make the most of it so I hopped out of bed, showered and headed to Salisbury Beach. I had a narrow window in which to shoot, so time was short. For every shot I got I had to pass on two more. I hate not having time to really explore a scene.

Some technical notes … A scene with gray skies, white cottages, snow covered ground and more snow falling is not a scene that produces vibrant HDR. While I shot 5 brackets for this (and the others shots I took) I decided to work with the center, anchor bracket.

I used a very light hand in tonemapping the single raw file in Photomatix to increase the range slightly, then adjusted the curves in Photoshop.

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  1. The angle at which the snow is blowing into the frame really works well for me. It gives me a sense of motion and conveys the chill that must have been in the air.

    Solid job.