View Full Version : River of Snow -Louise Bridge

01-10-2010, 10:31 PM
This is quite extreme - tone mapped then put through the topaz adjust mill. Not to everyone's taste but dramatic it is. I am a glutton for punishment today, I guess:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4057/4264071871_35331f6998_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4264071871/)

Mad Aussie
01-10-2010, 11:05 PM
Very hard to critique really when its this over the top. But ... here's goes ...

There's some very obvious halos that should be corrected
There's some very obvious Chromatic Aberrations that should be corrected

Love the composition.

Overall the trreatment doesn't work for me as it's way to far gone to be a photo anymore.

I'd love to see this processed more seriously as a mild HDR though.

01-10-2010, 11:26 PM
I can't see the chromatic aberation but honestly nothing I photographed today looks in focus to me anyway.

01-11-2010, 12:08 AM
one more crazy one;

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2754/4264262405_68b75ef6e6_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4264262405/)

01-11-2010, 05:01 AM
A kinder gentler version:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4264919579_7dc08600bf_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4264919579/)

Mad Aussie
01-11-2010, 06:10 AM
And more appealing to my eye. Something in between would be my real preference but that's just my taste!

The way that ice forms is wild. ARe the blocks formed because the ice starts around large rocks?

01-11-2010, 07:25 AM
The over the top versions have some appeal to me, there are more artefacts. The more realistic version looks like it does have more dynamic range than a single exposure.

01-11-2010, 08:57 AM
The first two look like art to me and I like them. I can also see where it's no longer a photo but that's okay. I think that the way that you captured it really dramatisizes (is that even a word :confused:) the shot. It looks like some of the art work my daughter does (which is probably why I like it) only she doesn't start with photos. I have to show her this she might be interested.

Of the two in the first post my favorite is the second as the sky is so dramatic and I like the foreground as well.

I like the third but it doesn't have the same colour as the first two.

so there you have it. For me this works quite well.

MA, the ice blocks are made when the river freezes and then a thaw happens and the ice breaks up. In my area it happens often because the river that runs through town is a tidal river so as the tide comes in it can cause the ice to crack. In the spring if there is a fast thaw then all the ice comes out of the lakes and runs downstream. It can be quite dangerous to bridges if it happens too quickly. Flooding sometimes occurs here as well.

01-11-2010, 09:49 AM
Yes, the thire one is... gentle, well nice. But I love the other more - looking more dramatically. Wonderful special treatment.

01-11-2010, 10:54 AM
Shot 2 is my fave here, very dramatic and I love the sharpness on the ice.

I like shot one but i find the foreground icerocks are a bit soft. My eye wants them sharper. Instead my eye goes more to the bridge which is really sharp but not as interesting as the ice imo. I think I would have gone the other way, extreme sharpness on the rocks.

Hope that helps - Marko

Mad Aussie
01-11-2010, 02:45 PM
Thanks for the ice rock explanation Bambi!

01-11-2010, 05:54 PM
A kinder gentler version:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4264919579_7dc08600bf_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4264919579/)

Nothing to add to the critique, however I think a night reshoot with a couple of big strobes could produce an amazing image!

01-11-2010, 09:19 PM
Thanks for the ice rock explanation Bambi!

anytime! :thumbup:

01-12-2010, 12:05 AM
A couple more variations taken today. Same hdr slightly different processing:

Simple fused version:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4267388081_21e4e2a7e2_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4267388081/)

And this with adjustments:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4268138804_5e4770cffd_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jas_photos/4268138804/)

This last is my favourite I think. :)

01-12-2010, 12:33 AM
I like version 2 in post 14, very striking!

Mad Aussie
01-12-2010, 01:37 AM
I like them both in post #14! The shadows are a bit more real in the first shot butt he detail in the ice is better in the 2nd shot. Nice work Raiven!

01-12-2010, 04:14 AM
Thanks, M.A. and Marko!