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Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Hammond, Indiana
Date: Feb 1, 2008
Aperture: F/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Nature, Blur
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2008

Viewed: 360
Comments: 13
Favorites: 2 (view)

We had a major snowstorm overnight and somehow I made it to work. At lunch I went out to the local woods and took a short walk, just when the sun was starting to peek through the clouds. I was able to get a few shots and this is the my favorite of the bunch.

I tend to use these SOL challenges to experiment and try different things, and this processing is a first for me.

convert from raw
create duplicate layer
add motion blur @ 90deg
add mask to dup to let part of background show through
burn shadows a bit
dodge/burn to enhance the trail
color dodge in trees
save for web

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02/03/2008 11:22:23 PM
I had no idea you used just motion blur for this. It seems I remember you saying something about it but I thought that you had used the fractalius filter. Great job! I would love to take a walk there!
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02/03/2008 12:08:22 PM
This is stunning, Ken. Very haunting and beautiful. Thanks for posting your processing steps - and for braving the snow and cold to get this shot!
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02/02/2008 06:30:16 PM
Fantastic effect!! The snow reminds me of waves in water, it looks so fluid.
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02/02/2008 01:38:02 PM
The movement you've created is incredible. I feel like I am running or snowmobiling through the woods while looking at this photo.
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02/02/2008 11:43:53 AM
I'm glad you played with the processing - your end result is not only very interesting, it's very pretty! I love the soft shadows on the snow - those horizontal curves setting off the verticals of the trees. Very nice.
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02/02/2008 10:52:08 AM
Neat effect, kinda trippy almost! lol, I like it!
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02/02/2008 09:27:22 AM
I really like it. Makes me think of a painting. It's lovely.
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02/02/2008 09:22:56 AM
dreamy...nice PP !
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02/02/2008 09:20:09 AM
Well done. The effect is perfect for the subject!
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02/02/2008 08:05:19 AM
That is a really lovely effect, it gives the image a wow factor.
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02/02/2008 02:54:53 AM
Never ceases to amaze me how good snow looks in a photo. Although, before I read your processing sequence, I thought you may have had a big night on the turps. Like this a lot. Going in my favs.
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02/02/2008 02:33:17 AM
Very nice processing, would love to see the original! I agree with you, it's fun to experiment with the side challenges (not that I am very adventurous, but..)
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02/02/2008 02:27:30 AM
wow ken .. you've created an amazing image here .. so much movement .. love the horizontal shadows and the trees with their incredible vertical shapes .. those little wispy branches in the foreground and leading to the larger trees add a beautiful delicate element .. :)
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