I truly love Winter. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the Sierra’s and spent every waking moment not in school on the ski slopes enjoying the fresh powder. I love it to this day but I enjoy it in other ways, by capturing the beauty of freshly fallen snow in my photography. Snow can be a great element in any photograph. It’s most versatile and obvious element is the fact that it adds a white point. If you are working on a black and white conversion, having an absolute white is important. Well it also adds more color to any landscape.
These normally brownish hillside would not look nearly as interesting if there wasn’t snow. I know this for a fact because I have driven by this hillside numerous times as I traversed I-80. The snow adds color by covering up some areas while leaving others exposed. This creates more dimension on the hillside as the sweeping, rolling hillside becomes more dynamic. With the help of ACR and the adjustment brush, a simple sweep in certain areas bringing down the exposure and a sweep along the tops bringing up the snowy covered mountain tops, brings out more of that dynamic look. Now I actually really like it like this but for this example, by using the ACR brush in this way we set the image up for a great black and white.
As you can see the result is a pretty compelling hillside. The clouds on the other hand were just something I lucked out in. They were there so I stopped. If it was a blank sky, the image wouldn’t be as good. Simple tools to bring out more in your landscape photography.
Even though I have been a photographer for a very short while, I have spent my fair share of time on the road. It has been a lot of fun to see all the different landscapes that make up the West. At times it does get tiring driving for hours on end but then there is always something to look forward to at the destination. Every now and then I even stop to take a picture. Today I will be heading home for Christmas and I was wondering what I might see along the drive this time.
Well the holidays sure came and went fast as they usually do when you’re having fun. I imagine it seems a little odd I posted yesterday abut going home and here I am posting about driving back to Bozeman. Well for what it’s worth there actually was a lot of fun in between just not a lot of shooting, I spent a lot of it playing games, playing with the dogs and playing with my new Mac. What better to do then that.
The drive back to Bozeman was not one of my favorites as I was chasing a storm for the majority of the way through Northern Nevada and this time of the year, I’m not really fond of storm chasing. It was pretty darn dark with a lot of low clouds throughout the trip but as I made my way through Elko and headed to Wells Nevada, I stopped and saw a little bit of light peaking through the cloud layer hitting this mountain range. I pulled over and grabbed the D4 and 70-200 VRII and got a couple quick shots of the mountains, isolating the patterns on some slopes while also shooting the entire scene. Another quick winter moment captured.
That’s right I’m back on the road! After a long break of being home, working and doing shoots around Montana, it’s time to stretch those legs and get a move on down the road. Where is the destination this time? Where else would one go this time of the year. Photoshop World of course! That’s right heading down to Vegas today and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only is Photoshop World one of the Premier event for learning the business from some of the best IN the business but it’s just a ton of fun. I hope to see all of you there this week and if you see me wondering around feel free to say hi.
Oh and I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be more going on this week so you might just wanna toon in to see what else is going to happen.
In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70 f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film