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18 December 2013 -- 352/365
Barrington, Rhode Island
When I set out for Haines Park for today's photo, I hoped these rowboats would still be staked to the shoreline. They're there all summer and are the means boat owners use to access the sailboats that are typically moored off-shore. Apparently, they leave them here all winter, too.
The high contrast of the scene provided the drama I'd hoped to achieve. The snow consisted of fine ice crystals, so I took care not to soften the feel of the snow in the composition. It was cold and gritty, and that's exactly how I wanted it to appear here. The wind typically whips off the water, and that's evident in the wave patterns in the snow.
Post processing started with a classic filter in Topaz B&W FX. I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, contrast, and boost black. I then brought a copy of the original back into Topaz B&W FX and applied a neutral greyscale filter. I adjusted color sensitivity sliders, adaptive exposure, regions, details, strength, contrast, boost black, and boost white. In PSE, I set that second version over the first using a soft light blend mode. I applied a high pass filter at a 5.2 pixel radius. The net effect is to provide a detailed sharpening effect that helped emphasize the ice crystals. A levels adjustment was added to the composite.