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Icicles on a small bush

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We're having an honest-to-goodness winter storm today. Six inches of snow over everything, and 1/4" of ice underneath that. The roads are essentially shut down. Yesterday afternoon one of the sanding trucks slid into a ditch.

On the bright side, this little bush right outside my house had some nice icicles on it.

Enjoy! :D

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Shot in raw, stacked and post-processed in 16-bit mode, reduced to 8-bit jpeg for posting.

Edit: to swap in revised image and extend the technical info.
Last edited by rjlittlefield on Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:25 am, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by Ken Ramos »

You know this is really a refreshing change of pace Rik, lovely! :D When the sanding trucks hit the ditch, I guess you do have snow and lots of it. :lol: Seems Calif. is getting ready to get dumped on again too. :shock:

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Thanks, Ken.

The more I looked at this image, the more I decided it could be improved. The upper part seemed too dark, especially the right corner. So I stuck in a level adjustment layer, with a gradient mask so that the lower left wasn't affected, while the upper right was brightened up quite a bit.

I edited the first posting to point to the revised picture. For reference, the original appears below.

--Rik

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Post by Ken Ramos »

The revised image does look more natural but the original seems to set the mood of winter I think, a bit of a "more shadowy" time of the year. Both nice just the same and relaxing to the eyes of the viewer. :D

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Post by beetleman »

Snow is Ok, but Ice Stinks. A beautiful wintery picture Rik.
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This reminds me of the small town I grew up in where sights like this were normal in winter. Thank goodness I moved!! :D Lovely image Rik. :)
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Thanks, Joan. Hope you're enjoying the, uh, whatever season it is down there!

Ken, you might be right -- this evening I don't know which one of them I like better. But I do know that both of them are a good deal more relaxing than trying to drive today! :D

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LOL!! We are the exact opposite in season to you Rik, so it is heading towards autumn here for us.
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Joan, I've been assured the seasons vary from place to place.

My brother-in-law lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA).

He swears they only have two: winter and road construction. :roll:

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Post by cactuspic »

Lovely image Rik. The edit definitely improved the image. Ice is sure pretty..and deadly. Take care and keep warm.

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Rik,

Nice photo. I bet you are getting more snow today. I woke up to 4 inches this morning.

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