Last Monday, just a few days after my first visit to the the farm, we received a few inches of snow in town. Tuesday morning I worked from home. It was overcast, but the forecast called for partly cloudy skies by noon. My plan was to visit the farm again on my way in to work. The timing was important to get the best possible clouds and overall lighting (considering my time limitations and real job as an IT project manager).
I pretty much followed the same path from my earlier visit; but because of the snow, lighting and related time of day, this visit presented a fresh set of photographic opportunities. Because of the much wider dynamic range, processing this set of images took more time to make judgements about shadows, mid tones and highlights. I also struggled with cropping decisions on several images. For example, the Second Shed Doorway image was originally cropped tightly around the door. I felt it was a powerful image; but also had a hard time cropping out extended wood textures and the vine growing up towards the roof. All images were processed with Alien Skin’s Expsosure 7 software with a Panatomic-X emulation filter. On the back-lit image, I backed off the grain density to 70% to keep the grain form getting too clumpy in the darker shadow areas. I hope you enjoy the images in this post.