Saturday, December 14, 2013

Snow days ~ and a little Snap Art 4

Nikon D4 70-200 lens ISO 100 f22 Processed in Adobe CC with Snapart4 filter applied
I love snow!!! and now when it snows I don't have to be up before the crack of dawn in the store checking to see if we have enough employees to open and dealing with corporate folks! So grateful for that! But it does mean I can get outside, shovel snow away and hit the road with my Jeep and camera, so grateful for that!!! Maryland does have some beautiful countryside but it also has no place to pull off road when you see a beautiful scene, so often you just have to pass it by. This scene is located in a park in Baltimore County. The park is an old homestead the county bought for green space. When I was a child at Christmas time, dad would drive us to my Uncle's home for Christmas day. Our route took us past these wonderful farms along Cromwell Bridge Road. I remember Mom, who was English, saying how lovely they were and reminiscent of her homeland in some way. They had a certain charm and charisma. They also exemplified a social strata which we could only imagine, with horses, barns and large stone homes. Now, this property is open to the public and is falling into disrepair. The fences are beginning to fall down and the once well maintained property is a little more rustic. It is still a great place to go and enjoy the landscape.
The snow all but obscured the high tension power wires that run along the ridge, and I was able to clone out the real distracting ones. Then I applied a little Snap Art 4 filter to achieve the painterly effect. The three tall trees added a point of interest and the fence line just draws you into the scene. The sky was beginning to clear and drifting clouds added a little interest in the white sky.
The image below is the barn on this property and I chose a stronger filter in Snap Art 4, as well as a filter called, Black Gold, in Color Efex Pro to adjust tones.
I would have made a little wider crop of this scene but the plow had been through and left a mess in the little roadway just in front of the barn. Looks like we might miss the snow that was predicted for today.

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