Pamela Hoaglund  

Forest After the Storm by Pamela Hoaglund

January 2022 - Forest After the Storm

January 2022 - Pamela Hoaglund


About the Image(s)

One of my photographic goals is to get a good image of the forest after a snow storm similar to Ansel Adams image “Trees in Snow” taken in Yosemite around 1937. We have had a number of snow storms here since just before Christmas. So, after one of the storms I headed up to Mt Rainier National Park. It was difficult finding a composition as there are only so many pull outs on the park road and of course they were never where I thought I could find a good composition. This image is an HDR of three images bracketed by two stops. I was hand holding with auto ISO at 2000, f/6.3 at 1/640 sec. Shot with my Sony 7M2 and Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens. I did basic editing in ON1 2022 RAW. I used the NoNoise in ON1 to reduce the noise, set the black and white points, added dynamic contrast, sharpening and a subtle vignette. As you an see from the original I cropped into the image to get the image I envisioned. Ansel’s image is in black and white and although this one is in color I will experiment with converting it to b&w also.

7 comments posted

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Wonderful composition. I love the foreground curves against the linear trees, and the textures. I am sure this will look just as great in strict monotone, but I really like the reddish strips of bark. AND I also love the original. The depth and framing by the fallen log and flanking trees are pleasing. The stubby branches on the right point into the path, as do the snow cones in the foreground - like H&G's cookie crumbs. Many possibilities here.   Posted: 01/11/2022 18:17:51

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I like both the original and your rendition of the scene. However, I like the composition of the original a bit better. I like the framing, although I might process the log so that it wasn't many tones darker than other parts of the scene. I also like the length of the path shown in the original. That said, I like your interpretation as well.   Posted: 01/12/2022 13:07:35

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I enjoy a good snow scene. With your pulled in crop you have managed to put the focus on the tree limbs and snow on them. Well done. I find the black hole in the center of the picture to be a distraction. My eye keeps stopping there. Without that I roam through the picture.   Posted: 01/14/2022 06:08:15

LC Boros   LC Boros
I actually the original comp more as the horizontal fallen tree adds some drama plus the branches in front help pull the eye in to the scene. Good post work to bring out the sharpness.
  Posted: 01/14/2022 23:28:13

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Personally, I believe the portrait orientation works well as the vertical lines are strong and cause my eye to move upward through the image; I get a sense of the magnificence of the trees as they rise heavenward. I am glad you eliminated the log in the foreground. While some may see it as an element that frames the path, in my opinon, it is a visual barrier which stops my eye from entering the scene. I think Lisa made a good point about cloning out that one dark spot.
After 32 years of Michigan winters we have now been in Arkansas for more than a decade. How I regret not working on snow images when I had the chance! But tonight there is light snow in the forecast so maybe I will have an opportunity. Who knows?   Posted: 01/15/2022 08:59:04

Ally Green   Ally Green
This image has great depth and contrast. I too like the original especially with the 2 trees in the foreground framing the image. I can feel the tranquility of the forest. You have done well with bringing out the detail in the bark of the trees and the snowy branches. Might have cropped alittle off the bottom to focus more on the trees and branches. You have inspired me to go out into our forests here in Colorado as we have so much snow so will be looking for a good composition!   Posted: 01/15/2022 13:24:23

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I have found the comments interesting and that many of you liked the original better. For me the original image does not give me the intimate feeling of the forest that I was going for. I never noticed the black hole but that can be easily fixed.   Posted: 01/16/2022 17:57:51


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