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14 Jul 15. Most winters we make a trip up to Rockport, WA in either late December or early January to look for Bald Eagles interacting with spawning salmon. While we generally find the eagles, we've never gotten to watch them enjoying a nice salmon buffet. That includes them making the catch and scavenging for the dying critters. But the trip(s) are generally rewarding in that we get to see many other things including some wonderful mountains in snow (one year I actually caught a small avalanche in progress), beautiful skies, occasional morning sunrise scenes, such as that I'm sharing today, and various other scenic views of which I've shared many shots over the last 6 years. This shot is from a 2013 trip and taken just a few miles from where we generally view the birds. The sun was breaking through the clouds, the mist rising off the snowy fields, and the trees frosted over from I would imagine the night prior with the temp when I took the shot well below freezing. It made for a lovely view which we obviously saw in color and the image I was able to craft of it equally so, but the B&W version to me says much more about the setting than does the color one so that's the version I decided to share. Jan's comment upon seeing this version was simply brrrrrr.
I took the base image, adjusted for max tonality, applied some individual color correction to remove the very blue color of the snow due to the strong blue morning sky, balanced the lighting to bring out the activity in the trees, and corrected the color cast in the mist. Then I added a small amount of micro contrast enhancement to bring out the "crust" atop the snow, and finally converted to B&W. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 9.