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Old Mar 15, 2008, 5:17 PM   #1
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Here are a couple of shots from today.





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Old Mar 15, 2008, 5:24 PM   #2
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Are the crops an improvement or do they add to the original images?

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Old Mar 15, 2008, 6:12 PM   #3
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Hi Ira,

Whoa! -- With Daylight Saving Time, and 57° the last few days (it is colder now tho) I'm definitely already in Spring mode, but in Chicago, I realize that that's like being Pollyanna in Washington, DC.

I like the crops better. In the evergreen shot, it keeps the focus on the textural/color differences between the snow, icicles, and the needles on the branches.

On #2, the crop focuses on the play of the shadows on the snow, and again the textures of the bark against the soft evenness of the snow.

I know that I don't have your artistic "eye" (probably never will, and I'm jealous. . .), but I'm usually pretty decisive about what I like -- even if it's for the "wrong" reasons -- so take it for what it's worth (luckily, my opinions come pretty cheap).

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Old Mar 15, 2008, 6:20 PM   #4
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Hello, Ira,

I think that I like the crops for the texture,the second one works especially well for me, and I like the originals for sending to family/friends who may live in a warmer climate and would enjoy seeing how it is around your house.

Wish I could do that well with snow, since we have so much of it here in Colorado. : ) I keep blowing out the highlights.

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Agree with Scott, for the same reasons. FA35?

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Old Mar 15, 2008, 7:15 PM   #6
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Some nice ones Ira...Like the crops better as well..Just has more interest for me. Glad we are not getting that...Hate posting shots from here right now as Spring has sprung for us!



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Hey Ira, the second one works for me! We have the never ending winter also, it got all the way up to 34F today, the big thaw.

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Old Mar 15, 2008, 11:19 PM   #8
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I like the crops better, too. By the way, you aren't the only one looking out on a white landscape - there was a dusting of snow last night, and over an inch on the balcony railing this evening. The outside thermometer says 24 F at the moment. I took some pictures this morning, but they were all lousy. We'll see if I can get better ones tomorrow.
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Old Mar 16, 2008, 5:29 AM   #9
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Great series Ira,

nr3 and nr1 (in that order) are my fav's. The idea of making crops is not bad.

Sometimes I wish for a 35" computer screen to be able to view the pictures I take.

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Thanks for the comments folks. As for the exposure, I bracketed 0.7 over and under and found that adjusting the shadows and highlights for the standard exposure worked best.

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