It’s been very cool here this past week. And it got me looking through some of my winter images that I’ve taken. I know, I know. Let’s not rush the snow. But I even bought a fleece ball cap style hat yesterday at REI. If it were even in the 70s I would not have been so inclined to choose this photo (or buy the hat)!
This image I’ve always liked. I took it several years ago, but was never happy with the in-camera composition (original unprocessed photo shown below). The broken part of the branch on the left side kept pulling my eyes away from the snow. And the wonderfully out of focus background had a distracting darkness to it. I knew I needed to simplify the image more so the snow and red seed were the focus of interest.
All the postprocessing work was done in Capture NX2. And Nik has some wonderful filters to make one’s creativity flow a bit easier and more efficiently. Two of my favorites are Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow. One brings out details, and the other lends a wonderful glow to the image. I also lightened that dark area behind the snow that was so distracting to me. And obviously quite heavily cropped the photograph to eliminate the broken branch.