Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 03/13/2013


Photo taken on March 12, 2013



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Blanket of Winter Over Spring

Blanket of Winter Over Spring
The Shot
Tuesday of last week I was taking pictures of snowdrops in warm spring sunshine. Tuesday of this week I was taking pictures of flowers covered in a blanket of snow after a blizzard on Monday.
I live in the county of West Sussex on the south coast of England. With the warming effect of the Gulf Stream snow is rare. On Monday a front moved up from the south coming up against a blast of cold winds from the east resulting in snow and ice badly affecting the southern counties of Sussex and Kent.

The national news led with stories of motorists stuck in their cars overnight about 20 miles away due to snow and ice. I wanted to get early pictures before the sun started the thaw but travel was out of the question so this picture was taken a few hundred yards away where a neighbours open plan garden adjoined the pavement (sidewalk for American viewers)

This was a very low bush of Heather, thanks to Wandle2 for the identification.

The picture was taken handheld with a Sony A550 with a Tamron 28-200 zoom at 55mm and F5 for narrow depth of field. One RAW image was opened in Photoshop Camera RAW first to create 3 extra exposures for HDR at 2EV separation. Each image was noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs.

This picture was enhanced with HDR processing followed by Topaz Adjust and Photoshop to bring in more detail. I used 2 Topaz layers with masks, one was to reduce detail in the background and the other to increase detail in the flowers and snow in the foreground.

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