The winters grasp

Posted by
Albert (Sweden, living in Mechelen, Belgium) on 14 January 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

Zelenogorsk, St Petersburg.

Canon EOS 40D 3/1 second F/13.0 ISO 200 12 mm

vahid from tehran, Iran

nice shot

14 Jan 2010 5:41am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice greyish blue for the snow Albert, I'd like to try and drag some local detail out of the buildings. You have probably noticed by now that clear blue sky does not respond particularly well to HDR, which is a disappointment that we have to live with.

14 Jan 2010 8:19am

@Curly: Thanks a lot for the constructive comment Curly! We don't have to live with that disappointment completely :) This image was heavily tonemapped, but I used (layermasked) one of the original RAWs and reduced halos and the greyness in the snow and the sky (although I didn't do it 100%, maybe I should have done it). I'm not saying that I was completely successful this time, but I think it is a very good method (and great fun to work with). This is a technique that e.g. the HDR guru Trey Ratcliff (Check out his blog! use to reduce HDR effects etc, and also what McCollough recommend in his book.

Florence from Paris, France

HDR prefers cloudy sky in fact but well, this is a great one Albert. HDR adds a magical atmosphere to winter scene. It's like beeing in the country of Father Christmas.

14 Jan 2010 11:52am

@Florence: Thanks Florence. I agree completely about the clouds... and I wish there were some more of them... :)

zahra from shiraz, Iran


14 Jan 2010 2:26pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Albert, this is a great composition with outstanding contrast! I love the journey that the footprints and wires take your eyes on. Very nicely done.
As a side bar, thanks for your explanation of air bubbles in regards to the formation of ice. I sometimes forget your profession, (you could have helped with my struggles to understand Boyles Law during my PADI physics exams).

14 Jan 2010 3:44pm

mhelene from France

Like a blue snow , a great light and color of the buildings is particular !

14 Jan 2010 8:44pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

cute winter scene :)

14 Jan 2010 9:54pm

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Nice winter scene. I love the processing. So quiet and still and slightly blue.

14 Jan 2010 11:40pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of this snowfall which provides a nice winter scene. I love the hint of color and warmth seen through the tree on the left.

14 Jan 2010 11:59pm

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..fantastic !

15 Jan 2010 1:00am

The Big Guy from Regina, Canada

I like what that 12mm lens has done to the power pole, brings a whole different meaning to "Look Out Point"!!!
Well done...

15 Jan 2010 4:07am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

I like the tons of this picture !!

15 Jan 2010 12:19pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

This is wonderful Albert. I like the tilt going on. The trees leaning in, the house seems to have a slight tilt.. the phone pole.. it really draws the eyes in and the processing is subtle yet very effective.

15 Jan 2010 5:30pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

this looks so cool i could live there

16 Jan 2010 8:47am

mamman from Sweden

Uppgången till övervåningen intressant! Känns i bilden att det är läge för långkalsonger!

16 Jan 2010 11:10pm

AK from Aruba

På skärmen hemma på gamla laptoppen såg det ut som du tagit bilden med en kompaktkamera. På jobbet blev den magisk som vanligt. Vem bor där? Snubben i "när lammen tystnar". Var fan är det någonstans? det ser svenskt ut.

17 Jan 2010 10:10am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Nice shot

18 Jan 2010 5:52am

Canon EOS 40D
3/1 second
ISO 200
12 mm