07
Jan
11

1/7/2010: Icy Kiss!

Take one more look at the image before you read all about the difficulties of making it.

A little curl of water and lacy ice surrounded by snow, and an all but impossible exposure problem. I decided to let the snow go completely white, in order to bring some light and life to the flowing water and some texture to the ice. I tried it both ways. This is one of those cases where I over-ruled the built in Snow Mode using Exposure Compensation.  Unfortunately, the snow goes gray very quickly, if you decrease exposure, and the water goes too dark. All in all I prefer this standard Snow Mode treatment. The tight crop, is, of course, to emphasize the pattern of ice and water.

This is what it looks like pulled back a bit.

You can see from the dappled light patterns that the adjacent snow happened to be in sun patches on both sides. 

Canon SX20IS at 290mm equivalent, f5 @ 1/80th @ ISO 200. Snow Mode.

Wide shot at 70mm equivalent, f4 @ 1/160 @ ISO 80, also Snow Mode.

Ah yes…but that is just technique…the image either stands as it is, or it does not.

Works for me. 🙂

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3 Responses to “1/7/2010: Icy Kiss!”


  1. 01/07/2011 at 9:15 am

    Great shot – the caption is perfect.

  2. 2 Wendy Hollands
    01/07/2011 at 12:01 pm

    Very beautiful!!! The 2nd pic didn’t load for me?

  3. 3 Kendall
    01/09/2011 at 2:23 am

    It may be technique but you have a good patient eye. Heck of good shot! Got my attention.


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