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Snow Shine
2nd PlaceSnow Shine

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Challenge: Free Study 2019-03 (Standard Editing)
Date: Mar 4, 2019
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1150
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2019

[Apr. 1st, 2019 05:07:12 PM]

Serendipity at work. Beautiful, sticky snowfall blanketed the neighborhood. Before clearing the driveway I decided to see what I could shoot so I cleared just enough to get the drone up. I flew around for 15 minutes in overcast skies and everything was just sort of pedestrian so I brought it home to land. Just as I was landing the sun broke through. I had 5 minutes of battery life left so I aborted and put it back up and headed toward the sun. This is the best of 4 shots I got before the sun disappeared again.

Only "manipulation" was brightening the shadow areas since it was exposed for the sky, and applying color balance to get the warmth of the sun and the cold of the snow. Pretty much just Camera Raw and adjustment layers in Photoshop masking out anywhere an adjustment blew out highlights.

Right place, right time.

Place: 2 out of 71
Avg (all users): 7.6800
Avg (participants): 7.6944
Avg (non-participants): 7.6429
Views since voting: 1031
Views during voting: 103
Votes: 50
Comments: 23
Favorites: 3 (view)

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04/12/2019 03:50:35 PM
04/12/2019 01:06:07 AM
Fantastic! Congrats!
04/10/2019 11:31:52 AM
Great shot... interestingly as I viewed this on a small screen I accidentally 'cropped' to pano without the sky... it makes for a stronger composition IMO with the symmetry and the central house position holding the shot together.. shadows of the trees implies a low evening sun
04/08/2019 11:31:23 AM
Jake!?! Congrats on this beauty! Yea, except for the blown out portion of the sky, this really is magical.
04/08/2019 08:50:17 AM
Well hello Jake! Beautiful image, congrats on the ribbon. You and Mark side by side!
04/08/2019 06:47:03 AM
If I had a trophy I'd give it to you for this image. Delightful Congrats
04/08/2019 04:13:29 AM
It is shots like these that keep me wanting a drone - not that I would be able to capture something this wonderful if I did have one. Congrats on the red for this stunning photograph.

Message edited by author 2019-04-08 04:13:43.
04/08/2019 04:09:38 AM
Trees maketh a suburb beautiful, where would we be without them. So glad you ventured out to take this, Iím sure itís an image youíre very proud of. Congratulations on the red.
04/08/2019 03:18:58 AM
Right place, right time - indeed - what an amazing shot! Congrats!
And what a beautiful neighbourhood you are living at!
04/08/2019 02:30:05 AM
Wonderful Jake. One of my highest votes. Congrats
04/08/2019 02:28:31 AM
Brilliant shot Jake! It does my heart good to see you and Mark side by side!
04/08/2019 12:50:10 AM
Happy to see you back Jake! Beauty shot.
04/08/2019 12:08:20 AM
very cool Jake! congrats on the red.
04/08/2019 12:05:02 AM
Great to see you back, Jake! Wonderful image!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2019 10:41:24 PM
WOW!!! Winner. A big 10 and my Blue Dragon Award
04/07/2019 09:34:41 PM
Except for a bit of blown out sky, this is magical.
04/07/2019 01:17:15 PM
nice light
04/03/2019 10:22:08 PM
What a spectacular winter wonderland!
04/03/2019 07:32:33 AM
Top 3. Great drone shot. Iím jealous!
04/01/2019 04:15:39 PM
I need me a drone! This is fabulous, the combination of the warm and cool tones is perfect. Lovely!
04/01/2019 12:17:32 PM
04/01/2019 12:10:01 PM
What a wonderful view in the morning light! Almost makes it worthwhile to get up that early! Lol
04/01/2019 12:30:08 AM
This looks too good to be true. If it isn't manipulated then you have one of the best shots I have ever seen in any challenge.

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