Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Greetings

It's that time of year again. I'm listening to Christmas music while editing a group of photos I made yesterday on my first snowshoe outing of the season. I went down to the Adirondacks (it's south from where I live) to use the trails at the Paul Smiths VIC where I will be showing work in late January and early February. I was going to show old work but I may show some of what I shot yesterday.

On the way down there was snow stuck to all the trees from shortly past St Regis Falls to around McCollums. Unfortunately it had fallen off most of the trees at the lower elevation of the VIC and the light was harsh but I got several photos that I was able to digitally embellish to recreate the 'feel'.

I went first on the Boreal Life Trail which is my favorite in the spring and summer. The photo above is of the boardwalk/bog bridge where it leaves to woods to enter the bog. I turned and looked back toward the woods to catch the sun gleaming through the trees.

This one is a bridge across Barnum Brook on the Barnum Brook Trail. There are several of these bridges over the brook as the trail follows and crosses the brook twice and a third on the Heron Marsh Trail. Again the sun peeking through the trees appealed to me along withe patterns of the branches and the bend in the bridge.

This last photo was made on the Boreal Life Trail. It is a "Charlie Brown" sort of tree that stuck up through the snow about 16-18 inches. I didn't apply any digital effects to it, just a 'straight' shot of a young tree struggling for survival. I wished it well just as I wish all my followers well. May you have a great holiday and may next year be your best ever.

All photos made with a Canon 7D. The RAW files were processed in Lightroom 5 and  Photoshop.

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Like January Without the Snow

I went for a walk this afternoon. The temperature has hovered around 20°F all day. We had some snow a few days ago but it's gone. The highs have been fluctuating between 20° and 40°. It has snowed twice but neither lasted.

I need to go walking more often. It puts me in a better mood even if the air is frosty. My walk today took me down to the river at the bottom of the hill and part way upriver on the Stone Valley Trail that is on my side of the river. At one of the stream crossings I spotted some interesting patterns of ice with leaves. I particularly like this one. It has a sort of cosmic look about it.

Canon G11. A nice little pocket camera.