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By TheoDormanPhotography
taken the on a english snowday taken with canon 550d 50mm 1.8

Tags: Nature Ice Natural Close up Wildlife and nature Ice cold

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 1:26AM
Not entirely sure what you're trying to show here. Nothing looks particularly well defined, and most of it is blurred. Some looks flat black, and some almost blown white, so very little tonality in between. Very hard to critique when I don't know what you're trying to achieve.


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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 3:54PM
Since there is a lot of ice and snow about at the moment, Theo, it's a good idea to take advantage of it.
You have captured some interesting patterns in the ice, as well as good detail, and although part of it is overexposed, I found the whites recoverable in editing.
I usually see ice pictures as abstracts, capturing highlights, patterns and unusual formations. The background needs to be plain in order for the ice to take centre stage, and you have almost achieved that here.
I think it would have been better to go in closer to a smaller part of the ice formation, getting finer detail, using simplicity as your guide. As your image stands, I am trying to understand why the ice has formed in this way and where it might have been found. I feel that this detracts from your intention. I just want to appreciate the natural intricacies of the ice.
I'm not sure why you had to use such a high ISO setting.
In my modification I chose the part of the ice which is in best focus, rotated it anti-clockwise, cropped to square, cleaned the background, reduced highlights and adjusted levels, then sharpened.
paulbroad 10 123 1244 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:06PM
Did you actually use 6400? If so, why? High ISO is available for a reason, but not for general use. This image requires a low ISO and critical sharpness with plenty of depth of field. It also appears to be in mono. I would stay with colour and try and get some colour in the ice crystals.


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