Wetland Moguls

f29, ISO100, 30s, 17mm on a Canon 60D

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The weather was so nice yesterday that it called for a lunchtime excursion with the camera and continued experimentation with finding interesting images at a time of day that typically sports the harshest light. Once again, as with the jaunt that produced this image, it took a little bit to find any kind of groove and the intended target was not the real star here.

Today’s image was taken at the Oakdale Nature Center in Oakdale, MN. The intention was to get some nice cloud movement and contrast around an old school house that has been preserved on the grounds (I’m trying to warm up to these images and might share one in the future), but shortly after exploring a few different angles on the building, my eyes were turned to the south where this wetland area was. The tall, dormant grasses were nicely covered with snow and made a beautiful blanket of moguls surrounded by trees and a beautiful blue sky. It was a stunning sight and one that required me to get my feet a bit wet, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Actually worked up a bit of a sweat doing it too!

I really liked the black and white conversion here, applied mainly in Perfect B&W, but for giggles went ahead and processed the color version. I liked it too, so rather than just keep it on the hard drive, decided to share it also. Hope you like both of them!

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f/29, 1/50 sec, at 17mm, 100 ISO, on a Canon EOS 60D

8 Comments

  1. Jimi Jones February 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM #

    This is a very nice shot, Jim. Well worth the effort. The low POV serves this quite well.

    • Jim February 13, 2013 at 7:52 AM #

      Thanks Jimi!

  2. Edith Levy February 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM #

    I agree with Jimi I really like the low POV and while the B&W is super the color is pretty terrific too.

    • Jim February 13, 2013 at 10:43 AM #

      Thanks Edith, that’s why I posted both of them – equally liked them!

  3. Chris Maskell February 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM #

    I like the contrasting colours in the colour version, it works well but the black & white just shades it for me Jim

    • Jim February 14, 2013 at 5:55 AM #

      OK Chris, does that mean you like the B&W better, or worse? Not heard that one before! Thanks for the comment my friend!

  4. Erin Duke February 14, 2013 at 6:57 AM #

    I agree; I like them both! For me the B&W seems almost desolate with its stark contrast. However the color hints at a warmth threatening to melt that beautiful snow. Both are great! :)

    • Jim February 14, 2013 at 7:07 AM #

      I think you’ve nailed them both Erin! Thanks for the kind words!

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