Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow! What Snow?!

Good news:
I got an extra day off from work yesterday because of the possibility of snow!

Bad news:
I live in the ONLY place in the country that did not get snow! {or so it seems}
We only got lots and lots of ice.
The trees were really pretty, though, covered in ice!
I have not had a chance yet to really explore my new editing program.
But I did play around with it some last night.
Here are a couple of before and after shots.
Basically, my method was just to play around with the stuff on the sidebars until the pic looked good to me.
I really need to start reading my new books!

Any and all criticisms are welcome!
Calvin & Hobbes...just because!!
{click on image for larger view}


  1. Wow that is a lot of ice!! Bummer about no snow though! The snow is supposed to start here in Pennsylvania around 5 this evening. I have a night class after work and I am SO hoping it gets canceled!

  2. Don't feel bad. We got snow, but not nearly enough to warrant a snow day from work. :) We did all cheat though and wear jeans today. Eh, I'll take what I can get, ya know?

    As for the edits, well done! These editing programs aren't for the faint of heart, so any editing you've accomplished without aid is to be commended in my opinion!

    My only "criticism" (and I don't like using the word) is the actual images themselves. There's no focal point or subject. Both seem "cluttered". Although, the crop on the first image was a definite improvement. I believe that no picture is going to grab your attention if it isn't composed well, despite any editing that's done.

    May I ask what your equipment is? Are you using a point & shoot or dSLR?

  3. I want to add that the first image, or the tree, could have been greatly improved with a shallow depth of field. Without knowing your understanding of photography lingo, I'll break it down - we're talking aperture. I won't go in to "how" to shoot this way since I don't know your camera, but think of it this way. If you had shot with a larger aperture while focusing your camera on the tree itself, the background would have blurred out more, bringing more focus on the tree. That would have given the photo more impact. But because the tree and the background are all in focus, they are competing with one another in the image. Hope this helps! Anytime you have questions, give me a shout. I love talking photography and helping others learn while learning from them!

  4. The photos look fantastic. I agree about the depth of field thing, but that's not an editing technique, it's a shooting technique. Your editing and light/color correction are very good.

  5. We got plenty of it here u can have lol... That is a lot of ice though... Maybe you'll wake up tomorrow and there will be a foot!

  6. Those trees really do look pretty. I wouldn't want to be standing under any of them when that ice starts falling off though!