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Snow and ice means B&W to me (mostly anyway)
Posted By: NaClH2O, 01-30-2007, 08:22 PM

I've been shooting a lot of icy type photos lately, not surprising considering it's January. I find that I like them better in B&W for the most part. I'm just learning B&W conversion techniques, so any cc is welcomed. All taken with my trusty DS
Pentax DA 50-200mm. f5.6 @1/350 ISO 400


I tried to do a B&W of this one, but I liked the original better. Same lens, f5.6 @1/180 ISO 400


Same bench as the rainbow, shot from a different angle. Tamron 90mm macro, f4.5 @1/350 ISO 200


I have to say I really like this shot. Back to the Pentax 50-200. f9.5 @1/250 ISO 200


And just to brighten things up a bit. Macro of snow on purple heath. Tamron 90mm f8 @1/250 200 ISO


NaCl(If I've made you cold, go put on a sweater )H2O
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01-30-2007, 08:43 PM   #2
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Nice shots. I would of liked the last one better if the foreground was in focus. You didn't get much DOF on that one.
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I like the last one the best.

Yes, it does make me feel cold.

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Hi Steve, Unfortunately, the DOF is kinda built into the lens. Macros have notoriously paper thin DOF's. I was happy that I got as much in focus as I did.

NaCl(that's the main problem with macro shots)H2O

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I like the 1st and 4th photo

Black and white shot really works well in the first shot. The water is almost like glass liquid flowing smoothly with a branch piercing through the tranquid surface
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Nice - looks not entirely unlike my field sites! I wonder what made all those tracks on the second last one? The purple heath was a lovely surprise, it's nice to see such hardy blossoms in the snow.

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Thanks Julie. My sister (where these were taken) lives about an hour north of NYC. I've seen foxes and even otters in her woods. Unfortunately these tracks were much more prosaic, squirrels, and one rabbit. The purple heath was a surprise for me too. I'm looking around and I'm seeing brown, white snow, evergreen, and grey. And then all of a sudden close to the ground, almost hidden by the other stuff, BRIGHT COLOR! It was a nice find. My sister has a spot in her garden reserved for heath, heather, and other hardy low growing acid loving plants (evergreens for the most part)

NaCl(because they are small they get overlooked by me most of the year)H2O
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Hard to say which I like best. Of course the purple with the very detailed snowflakes is a prize and the B&W shot of the creek with the ice openings and tracks..very appealing-comes with its own story...the unused park bench only for summer lovers as the winter hardy must keep moving or freeze and the flow of water on branches stopped in time...until spring.

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Thanks for the praise Clarence, coming from you it means a lot. I forgot to mention in the beginning note that I had a good time taking them. Which, as far as I'm concerned, is the most important criteria of all

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Second from the last - the one with a partially frozen pond or stream - is my favorite. A really intriguing photo, NaClH2O.

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All shots were really well thought out. My favourite - The park bench was very nicely done.
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Thanks Jer, that one is my fave too. I don't know if you've ever felt it, but when I clicked the shutter on this one I said to myself "Oh yeah!" I just knew I had nailed it.

NaCl(it doesn't happen very often but when it does it's a cool feeling)H2O
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