Canon 5D Mark II, 15mm F/2.8 Fisheye, f/9.0, 1/250, iso 100
My wife and I recently took a day off to have lunch out and just go for a drive up in the snow. No specific destination. Brought my camera gear, of course. It was really a beaut day. "Chamber of Commerce" weather as they say.
I took about 50 shots. I was pretty excited, the scenery was really nice. I was trying for "snow forms." Nice organic contours, maybe just a few plants, that kind of thing.
When I got home and viewed them in Lightroom however, nothing really appealed that much to me. I tried hard to like some of them, but none of them were calling to me. So I let it go for a week or so.
This morning I looked through them again, and this one seemed to have some promise. It's another situation where I'm kind of ambivalent and don't know if the image will resonate with anyone or not.
We had driven around Donner Lake, and were back as far as you can go. I had great cell coverage so I decided to call The Cheerleader to see how he was doing. We had a nice but brief chat. While talking with him I noticed this stand of trees off to the side of the road. After we ended the call, I thought this seemed like a fisheye opportunity, so I mounted that lens and just walked down the road.
In Lightroom I began with a preset called Cinema Cold that definitely punched it up a bit. I made a few other adjustments, cloned out some power lines, and there we are. I picked the title because it's one of those days when I'm unsure about my image. I didn't think about The Cheerleader angle until I was already into post processing, so I suppose that is what is actually behind the selection of this image of all the others I took that day.
Oh. I also used the LR GND (Graduated Neutral Density) adjustment on this shot, that's what brought out the blue sky. Since Toni asked about this the other day, let's have a brief tutorial on the continue page, shall we?