We have had 2 days ago a very nice snow storm but with only limited winds and very small snowflakes, so it was a good time to go make some photos after work. Here is my favorite in the group. It was taken just a few minutes before sunset.
NIKON D800 Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRIIn at 100mm Exposure:1/125 at f/8 Flash:Not fired, compulsory mode Exposure bias:0 EV Exposure mode:Auto Exposure prog.:Aperture priority ISO speed:ISO 800 Metering mode:Center-weighted average
One thing I find difficult in such weather is to find the proper white balance. It is cloudy but cloudy WB is too warm. Shade as well. Daylight is too cold (very blue).
In the field, it is more a mix of greys. However, I didn't want to make it in B&W as I find that the remaining red painting on the door of the old barn adds a special touch to the photo.
In NX2, I obtained the desired WB (the one that corresponded to my memory of the scene) by rather using this: - Shade WB modified at 8220 degrees (this was the best adjustment I found, but it wasn't it yet... something was missing) - White Control Point at 80% - Black Control point at 25% - B&W conversion at 25% except on the barn where none is applied - a touch of White Neutralizer
I also settle Picture Control at Landscape.
It was not an easy one to figure out. Although I'm a new LR4 user, I had to solve this one with NX2 that I've been using for many years.
Any suggestion about using the best WB in these cases? What was missing, was it only WB or something else ?
At first I thought this might be northern Michigan. There are lots of beautiful old barns like this in Leelanau County and along the Lake Michigan shoreline. That bit of brown in the center of the barn really adds a nice little touch of color.
Hope you don't mind me posting this photo I took a couple winters ago in Leelanau County...wanted to share an example with you of what you can see up in that part of the country.
Beautiful Yvan. Nicely processed. Like Rassie I wondered about a different cropping, as the tree and barn together look too centered to me. Either way, this is so nicely done. At first I thought it was a B&W but then I looked closely and could see the hints of faded red on the barn doors. Nice job.