fresh flickr friday…

It’s been very cool here this past week. And it got me looking through some of my winter images that I’ve taken. I know, I know. Let’s not rush the snow. But I even bought a fleece ball cap style hat yesterday at REI. If it were even in the 70s I would not have been so inclined to choose this photo (or buy the hat)!

This image I’ve always liked. I took it several years ago, but was never happy with the in-camera composition (original unprocessed photo shown below). The broken part of the branch on the left side kept pulling my eyes away from the snow. And the wonderfully out of focus background had a distracting darkness to it. I knew I needed to simplify the image more so the snow and red seed were the focus of interest.

All the postprocessing work was done in Capture NX2. And Nik has some wonderful filters to make one’s creativity flow a bit easier and more efficiently. Two of my favorites are Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow. One brings out details, and the other lends a wonderful glow to the image. I also lightened that dark area behind the snow that was so distracting to me. And obviously quite heavily cropped the photograph to eliminate the broken branch.


About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.


  1. Marcia

    Snow fascinates me. Each flake. There’s a quietness to snow, especially as it falls and then “rests” on things. Snow has a lot of appeal visually, and yet doesn’t make a sound auditorily. It’s fascinating. Your photo reminded me of the quiet, gentle nature of snow and how it really allows the color around it to be that much more colorful.

  2. karen

    Nice. I wonder if this isn’t of the choke cherry line? Much improved over the original shot.

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