19 Jan 17 Here's another icicle shot that has been converted into something creative. There should be no doubt as to the subject, but the surrounding environment may not be so easy to decipher, intentionally. Depending on the specific location in which we were shooting that afternoon, sun shining on subject or not as in this case, the icicles were either stable or growing. These were stable. The last time we had this much ice I was able to actually capture in mid air the water droplets dripping off the ends of the icicles but this time I wasn't so lucky. So I took what was available hoping I might be able to make something out of it later. My goal in this manipulation was to give the impression of significant depth in the center of the frame by virtue of the very dark space suggesting an area where light couldn't reach even though in reality it is a rock face. Sometimes our eyes deceive us and that is what I tried to emulate.
For this image I just took the original shot and used Topaz Impressions 2 to make the conversion using the da vinci sketch preset. Nikon D330s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/25 sec @ f / 7.1 on a tripod.
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