This was taken December 18 at the Dudgeon area, and is one of many I lost in a software accident (don’t necessarily believe software when it says it is completely non-destructive). I happened to have this particular photo copied to a different location, although only the JPG version of it. The RAW image is sadly lost forever.
This was my first experience at trying to shoot in snow, and I was uncertain how to compensate for the overwhelming brightness. However I fiddled with a few settings and either some old knowledge came back to me or I got very lucky. This particular photograph needed very little enhancing with software. I brightened the blues in the water a touch, and whitened the icicles, but otherwise it came out of the camera very much as you see it here.
In all, not a bad image considering it was the first time I’d used the Canon, a telephoto lens, or shooting in snow.
Technical Details: f/5.6, exp 1/1600, ISO 200, focal length 300 mm
What’s good: Composition; contrast; interesting to look at
What’s bad: Was never able to get quite what I wanted from the icicles. I was hoping they would absolutely sparkle; it is very slightly out of focus, though at the size printed above it’s not terribly obvious. I was holding the camera badly tilted, which meant that the photo could have been framed slightly better if I had not had to straighten it in post-processing.