Sunday, December 19, 2010

Monochromatic Trails of the Vermilon River-A Post to Scenic Sunday # 127

Side trail

Is this going to fall on me?


Look at that sky.

What me depressed?
One of the interesting challenges at this time of year in any northern climate is the white balance. We get a lot of gray skies along with white snow,conifers that are a deep rich green fringed with snow, and a distinctive lack of bright colours, unless you count my sweater.As an aside the snow permits Boom and I to track the four legged animals so we can try and catch up to them to photograph. Many people in fact in the area are depressed, but me I love the weather and the challence of colour balancing. I'm just learning, but I use a fast shutter speed, 1/20 or 1/30 with f16 and an EC of .67, and an ISO of 400.

The effect is to produce an almost monochromatic photo with just a touch of colour. It shows especially in the over hanging branch in which you can just see green. It also shows in Boom who is standard Malamute colours -white, black, gray with a touch of beige. You can just see the beige in his coat.

Hope you like the views.

 Post to Scenic Sunday #127

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful winter scenery Gary!

    I have trouble with the winter skies as well.

    Boomer does not look depressed in the least!

    Cheers

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  2. Beautiful winter scenes! And your dog is pretty too.

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  3. Brilliant views of your winter Gary. We struggle in the UK with an inch or so of the stuff.

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  4. You've got the balance perfect Gary.

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  5. To Karen: Thanks for the visit and compliments. Boomer is never depressed, even in the summer when it's too hot for him.

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  6. To elineeninmd: Thanks for the kind words. Boomer could care less whether he is monochromatic or not. Boom & Gary.

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  7. To theconstantwalker: Here you just learn to live with winter or you're inside all the time; silly eh? But you would be surprised at the number of people who do that.That's wasting almost 5 months of the year. The others use snowmobiles or ATV's, and race up and down going nowhere and seeing nothing. By the way snow shoes are easy to use and have certainly improved since I learned in the last century.

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  8. Holding Moments: I think photography is a series of levels that you merely force your way through.The subjects are just luck.But here I have to live with the gray brightened by the snow.Not that there aren't bright days with big skies. Put a red fox or wolf, or spruce grouse in that gray and white and you've got a great photo. Thanks for the kind comments.

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  9. Whatever you did, you did it right! Lovely photos!

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  10. Yes, I certainly did love the views. The one of Boomer was beautiful.

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  11. Hi Mary: Glad you enjoyed them, and thanks for dropping by.

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  12. Hi Bob: Glad you enjoyed the scenes and Boom always likes praise.

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  13. Very pretty scenery and Boomer looks quite lovely also!

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  14. You go Buddy! You are a prodigy with that Nikon! We've got about 8" down below here and I must admit I wouldn't mind seeing some blue sky.

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  15. I have been thinking about white balance as well. Last Wednesday when I posted a heron (I believe you comented on it) I left the white balance alone feeling it gave the mood of the late day shadows. Next Wednesday I will feature the same heron, white balance corrected, which gives a truer rendition of the heron's color. But which is the "true" color, I'm not sure but think that in the first the mood and time of day becomes the subject and in the second the heron is the subject.

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  16. Hi MarthaZ: Or in the first, the Heron is a part of the whole scene; in the second the Heron is the subject and the scene just a back drop for him. Bu then what do I know?

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  17. Hi Springman: You must work the same shift each week.

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  18. Hi Jen: Thanks for the kind words and Boom loves the praise. How are your guys doing?

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