Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Today, I had an interesting quandary. I shot a nice macro of a leaf on some snow for the blog. I was going to make the post about how nice it is to use a white surface that reflects light evenly back onto your subject, and using a polarizer to cut down on snow-induced glare. But when I was post-processing, I couldn't decide which way I liked the photo better. So I've uploaded both possibilities, and I'm hoping you guys can decide for me.

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I like this one because it's out of the ordinary: despite being a winter shot in the middle of December, it has a kind of happy, almost "summer"-y feel to it. I think this is because of the lighting.

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On the other hand, I like this one because it goes with the flow a little better as far as taking the feeling the shot presented to me, and emphasizing that, rather than going against it.

What say you?


  1. I'm going to say that I like #1. I do like both... but there is something about #1, and the colors. Colors can draw me in; especially color-opposites. Now, take #2 - I do love that it is in a natural state. I'm wondering how it would look as monochrome or BW? Was #1 a saturation boost in PP? For some reason, #1 gives me more depth with shadows. Perhaps the boosted colors enhance the background (shadows and snow). While your intention was to use the background as a highlight or backlight for the subject - I think that both the background and the subject complement each other in the first one. Whereas in #2, the subject is more flat. Does this make any sense? I've been drinking wine... :)

  2. I like the color of the leaf in the first photo, and the snow in the second one. Sorry, I had to be difficult didn't I.


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