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This is the second of my 'winter lake' shots, and in many ways I suspect that it might be my favourite. Compositionally, it's not the strongest of the four I'll be posting, but it's the only one I could get to work in colour. As with my previous shot, there was nothing especially complex about the postproduction, but I did spend quite a bit of time amending the colour palette to give a more 'accurate' impression of winter. I also spent quite a bit of time cloning out the power lines, as you can see from the original:


Let me know if you prefer this one to my previous entry.

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comment by Martin at 09:11 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Love the watercolour-esque feel of this one, particularly the sky. Great tones.

comment by Eugene at 09:12 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Yes, I definitely prefer this one to the previous one! Beautiful shot, wonderful post-processing...

comment by Stephen at 09:18 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Another beautiful shot. It's a bit picture-postcard for me and not as strong compositionally as the first one, which is my favourite of the two and has more of a Chromasia feel to it. Would make a great christmas card.

Looking forward to the next two now

comment by HoBo at 10:17 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

I love both shots for different reasons. I love your pp.

comment by HoBo at 10:19 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

BTW, I think it's amazing what you can get from what, at first, seems like just another shot.

comment by Nicki at 11:37 AM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

This is really better than the previous. A typical east european impression similar to my homeland, fine! Good luck at the photoblog awards, it seems that you are getting again fame and honour :D.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:44 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Beautiful work David... looks like a painting. The contrast between the sky and the tranquil lake is just right. This photo "sounds" so quiet.


comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:46 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

comment by Roberta at 03:51 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Although I do like the soft pastel colors in this, I still prefer yesterday's image on a whole. It is a more interesting image visually.

comment by Jason Wall at 04:10 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

I like this one mainly because of its color palette, personally. the brown/blue and mostly white.

comment by Rebecca at 05:36 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Personally, I LOVE this one! I agree with the previous commenter who said it sounds quiet. It's lovely.

comment by beeveedee at 06:47 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

like this, and like the soft coloration. I'd be curious to see the same shot with the horizon 1/3 from the top and 2/3 lake foreground—it would be interesting to compare compositionally.

comment by Frida at 08:40 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

I love the soft colors and the calm, serene feeling. Such a beautiful place, well captured!

comment by Scott at 08:43 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

absolutely beautiful picture!

comment by DedicatedRR at 11:42 PM (GMT) on 16 December, 2009

Gorgeous, I wish winter looked this over here! We barely have any snow.

comment by Jessica at 01:40 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

much prefer this one. I think the colors add so much more beauty and information to the print.

comment by Benjamin Chait at 03:43 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

I really do enjoy this one a lot ... something about the colors, I think? :)

comment by keith at 04:50 AM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

kinda makes me want snow here, in hollywood

comment by RP at 01:30 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

I really loved this shot and it came just beautiful. Excellent post processing,

comment by Joanna at 02:07 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

Fantastic winter shot, I love the way you've worked with colours.

comment by grobian at 04:06 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

great atmosphere! i love the blue tones!

amazing shot

comment by Dave at 04:56 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

I rather like this image. It does a great job of conveying winter. Only one thing bugging me about this one, and that is the sensor spot in the upper right. I think I'm fixating on it now ;-)

comment by Adam Stevens at 05:25 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

I look forward to your other two. I like this one a little better than the last (seems more like your "style") as it feels a bit warmer, but agree (IMHO) the previous one had stronger composition. I like the crop you gave this one. For some reason 16x9 hits a sweet spot with me.

comment by Dan Kaufman at 09:16 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

I love the abstract feel the horizontal bands and patterns and color-tones give me when I take my glasses off. (which is NOT to say that I don't appreciate the crispness and clarity of focus we have here!) It's a very gentle and serene scene. and well presented with its accuracy of winter color.

comment by silfver at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

Yeah, this is the colors i'm talking about! really nice. I like the plain view. Nice work with the clone tool :)

comment by mooch at 10:08 PM (GMT) on 17 December, 2009

#lovely image complimented well by Carlos' poem. Great depth of colour for such a predominantly white landscape Dave.

comment by djn1 at 11:31 AM (GMT) on 18 December, 2009

Thanks everyone :)

comment by Joaquin at 02:01 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2009

This one is fantastic, really beautiful and with a fantastic process.

comment by DavidC at 06:04 PM (GMT) on 18 December, 2009

the color of the green thing on the right was changed, but the reflection still shows it green ;) Just happened to notice

comment by Rachel at 03:00 AM (GMT) on 19 December, 2009

love it. chilly but serene.

comment by Johannes at 11:30 AM (GMT) on 19 December, 2009

I really like the reflexion in this shot.

comment by Jason at 08:20 PM (GMT) on 21 December, 2009

I love how you have settled into your new environment. Great series. Having now seen all 4 images this is by far my favorite. The sky really gives that chilly feeling and the colours are amazing. The b+w ones are nice, but this one really stirs the emotions and makes me want to book a flight to the scene right now!

comment by Yvonne at 02:48 AM (GMT) on 9 January, 2010

Love the winter colors of the picture... this picture almost makes me like winter. beautiful composition and processing

comment by Nick Lewis at 11:31 PM (GMT) on 2 February, 2010

More of a painting than just a photo!! I am curious as to how you sharpen your images, as it gives it a wonderful texture.

comment by djn1 at 06:28 AM (GMT) on 3 February, 2010

Nick: thanks. As for sharpening: I tend to use the smart sharpening filter to sharpen my web graphics with an amount of around 110%, a radius of 0.1, set to remove Lens Blur. Generally it works really well. Sometimes though I might add a mask to the sharpened layer to block some of the effect, particularly if it introduces any haloing.

comment by mars at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2010

Wow what a great picture!