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Textures in Nature - Snow Diamonds by Ally Green

February 2021 - Textures in Nature - Snow Diamonds

February 2021 - Ally Green


About the Image(s)

I think I read the description wrong for this month’s image… I thought it was 'Patterns in Nature’ for some reason but now I realize it is 'Textures in Nature.' This shot was taken through our dining room windows. It was a bright sunny morning but it was well below freezing outside! I wanted to capture the icicles on the grasses and the sun was just beginning to rise up behind the hill shining through them straight at me…Wasn’t sure what to expect from the photo I took but this was the result….Shot with my Canon 5D Mark IV and my 24-74mm lens. I/200, F9, ISO 100. For post processing I did ColorEfex Pro with I think the tonal contrast.

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7 comments posted

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Those tiny diamond sparkles in snow are almost magical. I've never been able to capture them properly. This almost looks like some kind of magic. You did well to crop off the bottom area. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 02/10/2021 10:52:11

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Wow, I don't know how all those circles got created, but they sure are pretty! Makes for a unique image. For me, the exposure is rather gloomy. I'd like it brighter even if the day was dull in person. Does anyone know how to make those bokeh kind of circles on purpose?   Posted: 02/14/2021 15:14:53
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Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Carole...agree think it looks a nicer image brighter..   Posted: 02/14/2021 16:05:40

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
This is a wonderful image. I like everything about it.

How to Create Bokeh - Bokeh Photography Tips | Nikon | Nikon
Bokeh in Portraits. Fast aperture is best (at least f/2.8) Use fast prime lenses. Long focal length creates more extreme bokeh. Shoot lenses wide open. Increase distance between subject and background. Move closer to your subject. Take close-up portraits and macro images in nature. Use a backlight,   Posted: 02/15/2021 10:08:30
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
Thanks for the photo tip. I'll add the Nikon website to my list of good resources.   Posted: 02/26/2021 10:31:34

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
I love that you did merely shooting through your window what many would have had to add or enhance with photo software and more equipment. Sometimes simple works too! Nice crop as well. Agree with Carole and lighting it up a bit. Thanks for sharing this, enjoyed considering the possibilities.   Posted: 02/17/2021 22:28:39

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
Very interesting photo, especially thru a window. I felt my eye was drawn to the sparkles more than anything else. I like what Carole did to enhance the exposure to them. I thought cropping the image is what was also needed. Thanks for sharing !   Posted: 02/21/2021 20:21:22