Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  


February 2021 - A POND NEARBY

February 2021 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

I'm happy to say...this was taken only a few days ago. We walk our dogs by this pond every day, and I was intrigued by how the lightly frozen water had blowing snow formations all across the pond area. Each was different in size and shape. It was a cloudy day when I shot this, but I used my trusty Nikon D300 for an IR image just the same. In post processing, NIK Detail Extractor and NIK Color Efex Solarization made the scene eery and impressionistic, at least to my eye. I finished it with the OM1 Black and White 'pinhole blue' preset to add a sense of coldness. It's not my usual 'tack sharp' anywhere in the frame, but I think I'm ok with that...can't wait to see what all of you have to say. Continue to be vigilant and stay safe everyone!

Nikon D300 Converted by LifePIxel
ISO 400 f5.6 1/30th second
18-70 mm lens at 60mm

6 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
Not only do I admire your post-processing, but its the design element within the image which is most appealing. Both pinhole blue preset and solarization have done the trick. Like it lots!   Posted: 02/03/2021 21:11:21

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Nicely done My eyes say this isn't snow patches on ice it is something seen under a microscope.


Emil   Posted: 02/04/2021 12:47:39

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
This is great, Gary. The original shows the wonderfully simple patterns you had to work with. I'm not sure I like the way the shapes have outlines in your final version, but I agree that the image is definitely one of those to try some creative processing on. It's also interesting that in the final, one can sense this is a pond reflection, where I didn't see that in the original. It's indeed eery and impressionistic.   Posted: 02/06/2021 17:15:25

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
You started with an interesting abstraction and made it more so. I like the India Ink color selection and the texture you added between the snow "puddles". Increasing the highlights on some of the puddles adds depth and pulls the eye of the viewer into the image. What a transformation!   Posted: 02/08/2021 20:55:17

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Gary,
Fascinating capture, well seen. Your processing enhances what you saw. Amazing what you have pulled out from the original. The blue toning is perfect. The sharpest portions are from the middle distance and back. The lower third and to my left, less so. I believe this is the product of moving water. I wonder if you might consider cropping above the first ice patch and about half an inch on the left?   Posted: 02/14/2021 15:25:38

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Fascinating patterns. There is a lot to work with here. I most like the upper portion, where there is not so much size difference between the pattern sections.   Posted: 02/24/2021 14:31:39
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