Frozen Winter Landscapes

by Lee Santiva February. 22, 2021 195 views

Frozen winter landscape I - black & white

Frozen winter landscape I - black & white

Every year in springtime, flooding follows after the frozen landscape melts. But this year it was really different: the flooding happened first, then it all froze.

In the 30 some years I have lived in this region, I have never experienced this reverse sequence of naturally occurring events.

I took these photos with my new Canon G5X Mark II just one week after my blog Rhine River flooding and processed using Luminar 3.

Sunburst over frozen flooded field

Sunburst over frozen flooded field

I love the presets available with Luminar3 because I get better results converting to black & white than with other software. The intensity of the black for example in the sky is very impressive.

With Luminar I felt I could get closer to the type of black & white image I used to be able to produce with analog film in the darkroom.

Ice skating a frozen flooded field

Ice skating a frozen flooded field

There's a dike to prevent the Rhine River from flooding the fields and towns along its shores. When there's too much water in the Rhine, it bypasses the dike by going deep underground and resurfacing on the other side.

The pressurized water forces it way to the surface flooding the low-lying fields from many meters below the surface. These flood waters then get "trapped" because they cannot recede with the river's current.

The ice on a frozen field is not stable, however, no one in these photos was in any danger because there's just grass or soil under the approximately 6-8 centimenters of ice.

Choppy waves of crushed ice

Choppy waves of crushed ice

I thought the final photo looked somewhat like choppy waves of water approaching a shoreline. I chose the Luminar preset "krushed" because it really accenturates the trampled frozen surface like crushed ice :-) and chose to keep the color version since blue is the color of water (mostly...)

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Russell Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I love this set.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Russell! Hey, are you still planning to move north?

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Russell Smith Replied to Lee Santiva 1 month, 2 weeks ago

We would like to move a bit more north or to a new continent but that one might be a pipe dream. We have moved a bit north to NW Tenn. At least so far we have had 4 seasons which is nice.

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John Durham 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great results, Lee. #1 & 2 reminded me the frozen fields here in Western Tennessee following our recent massive storm; that is, what I saw others film. I was stranded inside for a week! So stark, yet so beautiful.

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Lee Santiva Replied to John Durham 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much John! Sorry to hear about your terrible winter storm - I hope you at least had heat & electricity?

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Like the edit, it comes closer to film. The persons in #3 makes the photo.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Peter, that‘s high praise coming from someone like yourself with such great skills in black & white.
Indeed, the people make the shot - 
Particularly one edit I made to remove a sibling child who was sitting on the ice slightly out of the sunbeam. He was screaming and  very clearly having a toddler meltdown. 
I bet the parent wished for the clone tool in that moment 😜

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Greg Blaney 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Beautiful shots, Lee. I really like #3 - makes me want to lace the skates up and go for a glide around the frozen pond.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Greg Blaney 1 month, 3 weeks ago

That is such awesome feedback Greg - it’s difficult to evoke emotions with photos but also to inspire to action, that is a new dimension for me. Glad you liked them!

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