Winter (Bl)Hues

This an abstract image I took while exploring the shores of Lake Superior. I didn’t see the gradient of blue/grey hues in the ice right away but once I did I hoped it would come through in a photograph. I had a difficult time editing this one because of the haze in the air. Using the dehaze tool really brings up the contrast and makes the colours pop but I went too far in previous edits in my opinion and the ice started looking a bit unnatural, particularly in the grey areas. This is the more toned down and subtle version I settled on and is the closest to reality and the vision I had for the photograph when I took it.

What technical feedback would you like if any?


What artistic feedback would you like if any?

Composition, tones, contrast.

You may only download this image to demonstrate post-processing techniques.

I like this a lot Joel. It’s not often that you see a 45 degree horizon going right through the middle of the image, but this works for me. Having that much grey/blue sky helps to convey a feeling of cold that reinforces the rest of this winter image. I think the ice looks good, the aqua tones are right on. I’m glad you used restraint with de-haze, it would have detracted from the somewhat high-key approach you ended up taking. Nicely done.

Hi Ed,

Really appreciate you taking the time to comment. When I cropped I wanted the ice and the negative space of the sky to split half of the frame respectively. I ended up making a few more minor adjustments by slightly reducing the exposure of the sky and slightly increasing the the dehaze because I think there needed to be a bit more dark aqua tones at the bottom to balance out the dark grey tones at the top. Here it is:

and the original raw for comparison: