April 16, 2013

Trees in Snow

Photograph by John Lucic, My Shot

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The wind was blowing at 90 kilometers (56 miles) an hour. Snow was traveling horizontally and hitting the trees face on. It left a nice imprint on them.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)


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78 comments
Jean Scott
Jean Scott

The texture of the trees are highlighted in the front by the snow, while the trees in back are faded...this is a great focal point.  A busy, but still scenic photo that can pass as a unique pencil drawing.  I can feel the serenity.

Sally Rusbatch
Sally Rusbatch

The tree's look metallic silver with the snow in the same angels, like light reflections. Cool effect! 

Allison K.
Allison K.

I love anything that reminds me of Ansel Adams.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Wow... that's intense. Kind of dizzying to look at. Marvelous photo John!

John Lucic
John Lucic

Thanks to all of you for your comments. Here are a few answers to your questions:

The web site for Mount Royal Park in Montreal says that the trees are Northern red oak and spruce mainly.

The Park is 200-hectare, so it’s quite large.

What make snow stick to trees? Moisture in the air makes the snow more ‘wet’ therefore stickier and you can roll it into a ball to build snowmans. The less moisture, the more fluffy the snow is and less sticky. The white lines of snow on the trees are facing the direction the high winds were coming from.

Since there weren’t many colors from the start, the photo was converted to B&W using Lightroom 4.2.

I whiten the snow since cameras tend to render white snow to a grey shade. To bring out more details in the snow, I darken the shaded areas. There you have it, B&W conversion with contrast adjustments.

B. slender man
B. slender man

this photo is amazing because  you got it at the right time. And the way the tree look simply amazing.

tyrell james
tyrell james

in that picture is probably cold n slippery

Micaela Mustache
Micaela Mustache

This is a NICE photo. I like how the trees have white snow all the way down in the middle of the tree.

Tabitha Sage
Tabitha Sage

That is a cool photo. I wonder if a animal will pop out of the tree?

Isaiah The Hottie
Isaiah The Hottie

This is a cool picture. It almost looks like it was animated but it wasn't. How is the snow staying on the trees?

Ayisha Christmas
Ayisha Christmas

This picture is awesome! It looks like you painted the trees a silvery metallic color, it looks so unrealistic!  

Ebonie Drine
Ebonie Drine

I love this photo cause you got it to look like you drew it. I love how the photo looks fake  but not. VERY GOOD PHOTO.

delbert knightman
delbert knightman

This photo is fantastic!!! really good shot and the Trees are cool.

Aidan Nunook
Aidan Nunook

The snow really makes the bark look dark against the pure white making it that much more amazing, also I really love that the snow is pure white and untouched.

matthew s.
matthew s.

nice looks unrealistic, but thats what makes it look SO COOL! Very nice picture.

Bodell Cougars
Bodell Cougars

When I first saw the picture I thought it was fake. But, if you read the paragraph it says the blizzard gives it that look.

Gracee Softball
Gracee Softball

This is a cool picture its cool how the trees look like there shining. Also i like how some trees areleaning cool picture.

Ramsay Nike
Ramsay Nike

This picture is my favorite one. I thought it looked fake but it might be real. Also my favorite part of this photo is how the snow stuck like ice on the trees.

Quintino Raiderfan
Quintino Raiderfan

I think love how you the trees to look like a sketch. How you get the photo.. did you stand outside?

seth basketball
seth basketball

I like how the snow sticks to the trees. How big is the forest

corbin beast
corbin beast

Nice it looks so fake but its not the best picture. NICE

journee journee
journee journee

This is a fantastic I like the trees it is covered in snow it is a beautiful picture.

Shai Shai
Shai Shai

It is so cool that the snow sticks to the trees. What kind of trees are they?

Mallory K
Mallory K

I looks like the picture is fake. Also I like how you got the picture up close.

Cason Purell
Cason Purell

I really like the snow on the trees. I wish we had that snow.


Justin Herobrine
Justin Herobrine

The trees look almost metallic. This is one of the coolest pictures I have ever seen.

Calvin Yeung
Calvin Yeung

Great photo, it teach me a new phenomenon.

John Lucic
John Lucic

@Jean Scott 

Thanks for your comments Jean,

Blowing snow is like fog or mist, the closer the subject the more clear they are. The further they are, the more faint they appear. And it visually creates different shade of gray being darker in front and much more pale in the background. Those differences in gray tones add depth in a photograph. Color photos works just as well. Be on the look out for those atmospheric elements.

John Lucic
John Lucic

@Sally Rusbatch 

Thanks for your comments Sally! I adjusted the contrast to have the whites a bit more lighter and the shadows more dark. 

John Lucic
John Lucic

@Allison K. 

It's quite an honor to have my photo reminding you of one of the greatest landscape photographer.

Many thanks Allison!

matthew s.
matthew s.

@Cason Purell Its not the snow it is the angle it is pointed at. plus we have snow in blanding cason! 

John Lucic
John Lucic

@Calvin Yeung 

When ever there's a snow storm, it's always a phenomenon. Nature have this skill to change our surroundings to the point we hardly recognize it.

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