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Snowy and Bright

By Goody2shoes
Taken on a recent walk across snowy Dartmoor. The shadows come up blue-ish. Is this sky reflections or my camera settings? The rest of the days efforts seem to be the same.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2010 1:08PM
A beautiful image well done.

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achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
11 Dec 2010 2:30PM
Just added a mod, hope you like it.


PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
11 Dec 2010 6:19PM
Don't fret, it's a common problem especially in high contrast images.
There is an easy solution in this case.
Make a duplicate layer. close the top layer and working on the bottom layer desaturated the magenta 50% and the blue 50%.
Open the top layer and erase the bottom half of the top layer.
Merge down.
This will give the shadows a more natural look without desaturating the other colours. I've done a modSmile
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2010 7:52PM
Mod is good. Shadows will tend to blue in bright sun, particularly when projected onto the white snow. It is quite natural, but more obvious to the eye in a photograph than when viewed for real. The brain corrects.

The image is a well exposed desolate snow scene. I am not a real landscape fan, so would prefer some reasonably close focal point for my eye.

11 Dec 2010 8:24PM
Thankyou all for your help and constructive comments. They all give me something to work on. Thanks again.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2010 11:20PM
Top tip from Patricia on sorting out the shadows! That is indeed a common problem in snow photos.

You've exposed well to get the snow white but not over-exposed. The photo doesn't really work for me, though, as there's no real focal point to the composition. The central horizon also suggests that the sky and the land are of equal importance to the photo but I don't think that's really the case — there's not a lot going on in the sky.
12 Dec 2010 9:09AM

Quote:Top tip from Patricia on sorting out the shadows! That is indeed a common problem in snow photos.

Thanks David, taking the top third off the sky does make a difference.
In the shot as a whole I was trying to show the cold desolation of the area.

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