08 Jan 15. The first winter of our initial tour in the Navy treated us to a most magnificent ice storm, and one we'll never forget. For those of you who may remember the movie Dr Zhivago, it was similar to the scenes in that movie but more dramatic. The morning after the winds picked up and began banging the frozen branches into each other. It was as though we were walking around in a celestial music box. My only regret of that storm was that I didn't make a movie with sound of it, but the DSLR era was decades away. New Years day found us venturing out to the Pacific Ocean to take in some crashing waves and dramatic sunset. We got neither, but on the drive in both directions on HWY 101 we passed through Indian Valley, a highly shaded location roughly 8 miles west of Port Angeles. The trees bordering both sides of the road and for quite a distance hillside, for about a two mile stretch, were coated in a VERY heavy frost, making them appear as though they had experienced a mild ice storm. It was something to behold, and I took quite a few shots of what was there. The shiny surface on the water is ice. But, as it wasn't a real ice storm, and as this is Theatrical Thursday, I've endeavored to render the image as though it was an ice storm. Fortunately for us, we made the trip a day ahead of the heavy rains that undoubtedly washed all that beauty away.
I took the base image, adjusted it to ensure I had the full range of zones from full black to pure white, cloned out a small distraction in the URH corner, applied my normal micro contrast enhancement, and took the result into the Glow plug-in. I applied the preset called air brush, reduced its opacity to 35%, and saved that out. The result of that is the image I'm sharing for today. While it isn't like a real ice storm, I think it close enough to give you the idea. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 500; 1/160 sec @ f / 6.3.