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Black and white snow frustation, part II

2009.12.11
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The snow is too white the foreground is too dark, at least I think so, but several different approaches didn't make it better.
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I tried adding vignetting to offset the bright snow, but I think it has made the top left corner too dark.
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Same thing here as above, but I think also I have composition problems here.
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These are the shots I have been frustrated the most with. I need to figure out the snow factor in this. I appreciate any criticism, please feel free to let me know what you think I should have done differently, either in the shot, or post processing (Lr3)

The first post with the shots I'm the happiest with are here.
5 Comments
davidcardona Beautifully done! Moving serie. Thanks for sharing!
davidcardona · 2010-12-11: 16:49
onlyricky this should be called Dry frustration not snow frustration lol
all are nice, and they came out quite clear!
hmm...maybe the snowy weather gives you an atmosphere that you dont wish?
in my point of view they are nice because they are darkish and the color is just like the way i like in BW shots!
onlyricky · 2010-12-11: 16:55
ASINUS Vallued friend. I neither speak nor write correctly the English , because of it I am not sure of to what it refers with " snow factor". I suppose that it has about with the excessive lighting that the white surfaces reflect.
I am not a professional photographer, but yes slightly in the matter, learned of self-taught form. For example : The photometer are calibrated to expose the still in his set as if the scene was reflecting the same light that a gray card to 18 % (or as if it was reflecting the same light that the palm of your opened hand), because of it, if it is allowed that the photometer should work in automatical position or without any correction for your part, when the predominant surface is the white, the still it will be greyish without remedy, because the camera will fit the exhibition as if to be was treating of one standard escene.
The solution is to get up one point the exposure value in the camera adjusting, normally with it is enough to avoid the greyish color, whithout lose details in the white parts. Another solution consists of opening the photographic file in " camera raw ", (though it is jpg, or tiff), and to use the adjustments of the tool curves, to add sheen in the white zone, preserving the rest.

I wait to have been of help to you, though probably you already knew this.

Regards. Enric
ASINUS · 2010-12-11: 18:44
stabeez Sometimes composition rules must be broken so 2 and 4 break the rules and use that to their advantage. I like both of them, especially the Golden Mean spiral in 4. I always find B&W frustrating so I stick with the colours as that is what pleases me most in my photos.
stabeez · 2010-12-11: 22:08
karmankwarner I personally think they are very nice. #3 and #5 are my favorites. It looks as if they were taken long ago. They have a soft value with a harsh edge. I like them.
karmankwarner · 2010-12-11: 23:25
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