Paul McLaughlin  

Snowy Rd- Canton by Paul McLaughlin

January 2020 - Snowy Rd- Canton

January 2020 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

This is a picture I took last March of a road at Prowse Farm a few miles from me. It is one of the locations that I drive by frequently looking for opportunities. I liked the color image but felt it would be more impressive in black and white. I cropped it a bit, straightend the fence as best I could, and attempted to boost the contrast between the snow and the trees.
I took the photograph at ISO 200, 1/500 @ f/5.6, the lens was 18-55mm, focal length was 18mm.

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4 comments posted

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The straight on, center subject is effective. Monochrome is effective, and well done. The tree lined road is the center of interest. A classic composition rule is that the closed gate is holding the eye out of the image. Hold your hand to cover the gate, and see if you look into the image better, and the road becomes the center of attention and not the gate.   Posted: 01/11/2020 19:01:00

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
For me shooting snow scene I would keep the snow true white, but not over exposed. On submitted B/W, it seems to me it is in the grey tone. Compare with original, the snow is more normal. This might be raise the contrast and sharpness in b/w converting process.
Shooting the snow scene, exposure is tricky, because the big area of white snow would foolish the camera metering.   Posted: 01/13/2020 18:18:26

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
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It is always difficult to get snow to look white without burning out. If you want to show any detail at all then you must have the snow slightly less than pure white. That then makes it light grey. The trick is in judging just how far to go in order to retain detail and not have the snow looking un-naturally grey. I agree with Tony that the snow in the colour originaal looks more natural. You could lighten the snow in the mono version with a Levels adjutment layer in Photoshop simply by pulling the centre slider a little to the left. This will not affect the white point so will not burn out any highlights. As for the gates, could you have just opened one slightly for the picture, and then closed it again afterwards?   Posted: 01/16/2020 07:11:05

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Your image draws my eye down the lane quite a distance for interest and technically, and, for me, the focus and sharpness are fine.

I feel the image could be improved by attempting to restore the impact the sky had in your original image. Increasing the red level in the sky should help. While the original image displayed an interesting level of contrast the b&w image does not. Overall the image appears dreary, with the snow not white, but maybe that was intentional. Since you live not too far, maybe right after a good snowfall, you could head back and capture the scene with only a single tire track.
  Posted: 01/20/2020 10:58:13