Trey Foerster  

Skunk Lake Cattail by Trey Foerster

May 2022 - Skunk Lake Cattail

May 2022 - Trey Foerster


About the Image(s)

Winter’s rime ice envelopes a cattail along the shoreline of Skunk Lake at the Skunk-Foster State Natural Area in Wisconsin. The day was well overcast and dark, which with a narrow aperture provided an excellent background to showcase the ice. Tech info: f/11, 1/20 sec., +1 step exposure bias, 90mm focal length, max aperture 4.8, pattern metering, flash mode w/o flash. Standard PS and LR processing, then put into Topaz Studio for some contrasting sharpening. Finally used some burning in PS to make the background even darker to make the ice stand out.

3 comments posted

Henriette Brasseur   Henriette Brasseur
I like the way that you choose simple things in your photography that many people might miss on walks in their daily life. This simple cattail has elegance and beauty in its curving lines and textured ice particles. Burning the background of the cattail really makes the ice particles stand out. Nice rhythm in the immediate background with the curving lines. Another outstanding image from you Trey.   Posted: 05/17/2022 20:30:06

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Another great close up image Trey. It reminds me that down here we are now heading into our winter and can expect to see similar features in the months ahead. Your processing and slight colour cooling helps us to appreciate the coldness in this scene. I like the shallow DOF, even though you mention f11, it provides good depth with the background sufficiently blurred. Well done.   Posted: 05/20/2022 03:51:43

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Very nice image Trey. I like how I can see the individual ice crystals on the cattail as a result of post-processing. Darkening the background also emphasized the cattail so it really stands out. Well done.   Posted: 05/22/2022 13:56:59


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