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Much as I love my Ricoh GRD III, its lack of a built-in viewfinder can be a bit of a pain at times, especially in bright light, and while I did get the GV-1 optical viewfinder when I bought the camera, I don't always remember to take it out with me. When I was trying to take this shot, for example, I really wished I had as it was almost impossible to see the image on the preview screen.

So, I guessed the angle I'd need and shot what I thought would be something quite close to the image you can see here. Sadly, as you can see from the image I've linked below, I didn't get it quite right:


Anyway, rather than trash the image I decided to transform it instead (Edit → Transform → Skew). I then toned it using a Curve and ended up with something that is probably a bit closer to the image I would have taken … if only I'd remembered to take my viewfinder out too ;)

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comment by Richard Horsfield at 06:05 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

Cracking shot, nice to see that you saved it rather than binned it!

comment by Garry at 06:11 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

Love it!
Great shapes and shadows and the texture of the snow is incredible

comment by djn1 at 06:19 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

Richard: thanks :)

Garry: thanks, and I forgot to mention that I used Topaz Detail to enhance the local contrast in the snow.

comment by djib at 06:21 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

Lovely shot! The texture on the snow is fantastic.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 06:28 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

Glad you did not trash it. The eye of the artist at work... in a very simple way, a beautiful capture.


comment by Shawn Bierman at 06:31 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

It's the end result that matters. A fine abstract.

comment by shooter at 07:35 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

David I actually prefer the balance on the original untouched image, I'm not saying that it would not have needed processing, as it obviously does to convey what you felt at the time of taking. I just feel it's a stronger image than the cropped version, your undoubted skills in the pp'in arena would have I'm sure, reduced the backgrounds impact on the finished article. You should redo it and ask for votes, but as I say my money is on the original uncropped version in spite of not actually having seen the finished image.

It's nice to see you posting shots from the GR3, I recently purchased the kit with the 21mm attachment and I absolutely love it, the quality improvement they have found with the new sensor is exquisite. Keep em coming....

comment by -trond- at 07:44 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

I think this is a fantastic shot, and I really think that this what good photography is all about: turning "ordinary" scenes into something more. :-)

comment by Robbie Veldwijk at 08:57 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

Cool done with the light and the sun and the contrast!

comment by Dan Kaufman at 10:53 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

This has a very natural-abstract feel to it. I prefer it to the "full" image with the cemetery in the background. (and, of course, the PP is superb!)

comment by mbecher at 10:53 PM (GMT) on 10 February, 2010

The play of shadows is just great. Nice that you've kept this one.

comment by Claus Petersen at 08:31 AM (GMT) on 11 February, 2010

Love how you have used the shadows to create some interesting lines in this one.

comment by Polydactyle at 12:18 PM (GMT) on 11 February, 2010

Nice compo/shadows!

comment by mark / one way photo at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 11 February, 2010

Superb shadows and a wonderfully graphic abstract. Nice one.

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comment by mike at 07:26 PM (GMT) on 11 February, 2010

The result is really good! Simple and evocative......

comment by liv at 06:57 AM (GMT) on 12 February, 2010

incredible. beautiful. crisp
i cant find the right word, but i hope you get it (:

amazing shot

comment by K.B.R at 10:50 AM (GMT) on 13 February, 2010

Excellent angle!

comment by frankdejol at 11:38 AM (GMT) on 14 February, 2010

Cool shot !

comment by djn1 at 02:54 PM (GMT) on 14 February, 2010

Thanks everyone :)

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comment by Bryan at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 20 February, 2010