Experiment in Abstract

by Russell Smith January. 02, 2018 899 views

Cold . Cold . Oh yeah did I mention it is cold outside. It is rare for a puddle to turn into an ice cube where I live. This time of the year it is usually in the mid 60s F. or 15-18C . Cool but not cold. However I did get outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun. While on my stroll around I noticed an ice cube of a mud puddle. There was a curving line I loved the pattern of it . I decided to try and create a small landscape . Out of my comfort zone .

Experimental edit .

Experimental edit .

This is almost the edit I had in my mind but it misses the mark some. There were some things I failed to notice in the scene that made it outside of my scope of knowledge in the post processing field so I went another direction .
Where I missed the mark (in my mind ) is I wanted a smooth surface with just the white lines in the ice. Something simple.

LR Edit

LR Edit

This is as far as I could go in lightroom . I was able to bend the colors to fit my mental image. The grass I could probably sort out some in Photoshop which I may try while drinking my Coffee in the morning .

Raw Image Converted to jpg. aka SOOC -(straight out of the camera)

Raw Image Converted to jpg. aka SOOC -(straight out of the camera)

This is the reality of my starting point . A hazy clump of ice no more than 2 feet(60cm) across and maybe 1 inch thick (2.5cm). While this is not the success of what I pictured it was a success in the fact I think I have learned what not to do for the next time and also what does not work for lighting . I was able to add to the database of what not to do today so it was a good thing. Without failure there is no success. I do hope you have or had a great day . If I am able to get this closer to what my mind saw I will do an update to this blog entry .

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Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 4 months ago

very interesting the swirls your captured, give a great feel to the set

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 3 years, 4 months ago

The white swirl reminded me of wave that is what caught my imagination. Thank you for the compliments.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marlene Travels 3 years, 4 months ago

#1 is fantastic...I love your idea of making this photos.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Marlene Travels 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you . I think last year helped me to learn to look for shots that are a bit different . 50% of the time they are failures but it is fun when they turn out close to what I want .

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

#1 for me. It has a punch that makes it somewhat more intense

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you . The punch is what I was going for it also smoothed out some of the grass and dirt in the ice. I did use Nik Analog Effects as the post processing tool. Not a program I use a lot but it is nice to have . I mostly used Nik Silver Effect .

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 3 years, 4 months ago

You should try Topaz.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 4 months ago

Topaz Black and White is on my list of wants for programs . It has the Platinum Palladium Print effect and that is a process I love looking at the prints from .

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Heike 3 years, 4 months ago

Love #1 ! That would look great in large on a white wall !!

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Heike 3 years, 4 months ago

I may do a small 5x7 or 8x10 and see how it looks in print . I find there is a bit of difference when printed. I may like it more then .

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 3 years, 4 months ago

Looks like a snowstorm, with a Tiny person in it fighting the storm. The Tiny person is the black spot in #2. I like it.

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 years, 4 months ago

I see that now I was thinking it reminded me of a surfer that wiped out and was tumbling underwater in the surf. Maybe because I was thinking of the ocean when I spotted the ice .

3 years, 4 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Russell Smith 3 years, 4 months ago

Aah summer,seaside warm

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