Margaret Sprott, APSA  

THE FIRST BIG SNOW by Margaret Sprott, APSA

January 2021 - THE FIRST BIG SNOW

About the Image(s)

This was the first big snow we've had at our PA cabin in several years so I just stepped out onto our deck to capture the beauty of it. I just hand-held my Nikon 5300 with a Tamron 18-400mm lens set at ISO 400, f/4.5, 1/250 sec. and then processed it a little in Lightroom before sending it Photoshop where I used Curves to get the whites a little whiter and brighten it a little. This was one of the bright spots in a year full of troubles and we could enjoy it until we got plowed out. Actually we could enjoy it for almost a week

9 comments posted

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
It looks like a nice spot to enjoy from inside next to a wood stove. Even though the scene is snowy, there is a warmth to it that maybe has echos of good times.   Posted: 01/06/2021 23:26:51
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Yes, we spent a lot of time by the fire. I took this from the one part of our deck that has a roof so I took it first thing in the morning and did not even need boots.   Posted: 01/07/2021 08:35:18

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Looks so cold but very pretty! My only observation is that it needs to be straightened using the trees and making them stand straight or using the back rail. Wish we would see some snow in Arkansas!   Posted: 01/08/2021 10:25:28
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I was hoping no one would notice. I tried several things in LR Transform but have not tried the "guided" thing. I guess I should try that.   Posted: 01/08/2021 17:20:15

Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Margaret, this photo looks very pretty. I love the pristine snow on top of everything. I played with it in Luminar. I straightened it and also played with a template to enhance the trees a little. Really nice image.   Posted: 01/09/2021 18:36:54
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Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Wow! That really improves it. I guess I will have to learn Luminar. I bought it and have never really learned to use it.
Thanks!   Posted: 01/09/2021 20:08:42

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I love this image and Mary did a great job of straightening it. Wish I were there, boots and all.   Posted: 01/16/2021 12:33:37

Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Lovely shot Margaret. I like how you captured the layer of snow on the deck and deck furniture, especially how the snow layer curves nicely on both sides, which contrasts the sharp 90 deg. angles/edges of the deck railing, table top etc. The contrast between the white snow and the shades of brown has a wonderfully strong visual impact. The only thing I notice is that the shot seems to tilt to the right a bit (which others noted). But aside from that, great shot!   Posted: 01/19/2021 14:22:25
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
Thank you! You notice much more detail than I do. Someday I may try again to straighten it.   Posted: 01/19/2021 14:39:17


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