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In the sunlight

There is a spruce tree named a Christmas tree in Biei, Hokkaido. Even in the harsh winter of Hokkaido, a tree stands on a snowy field. The sunlight illuminates the tree and creates a beautiful shadow.

The moment when the snowstorm changes to sunny is beautiful.

Take continuous bracket shots by hand and prepare 3 images with different exposures for HDR composition. A high-pass filter is used to obtain the texture of snow. Dodge & Burn is used for highlight shadows.

24mm · f/16 · 1/1000 · ISO 100
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Jake Lindsay's picture

This is such a great shot and tastefully processed as well. Great job!

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Thank you so much!

Jens Sieckmann's picture

The texture in the snow is insane. Great play of light and shadow. I really looks bizzare, because there's no snow on the tree.

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Thank you very much!

Ed Sanford's picture

Thanks for explaining your technique and workflow.

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Thanks a lot! Ed:)

Deleted Account's picture

Wow, that’s a fantastic pic! And thank you for the brief explanation as well.

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Thank you for your pleasant comment!

Andres Puiggros's picture

Thanks for the detailed description of the stunning capture, really nice mood and nice light!!

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Many thanks!Andres Puiggros!

Mike Dixon's picture

Absolutely splendid! I don't know what it is about lone trees in fields, but I have always loved them.

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Thank you so much!!

Krystian Golombek's picture

Time to remember.Well done!

Roy Iwasaki's picture

Many thanks!

Pete Peterson's picture

I liked it until I noticed the tree looked like a plastic Christmas tree

Roy Iwasaki's picture

I like this artistic expression. I want to make a work that has pros and cons rather than what everyone likes. Thank you for your valuable opinion.

Pete Peterson's picture

Your welcome. The tranquil mood that your photos elicit is on another level. Well done!!

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jabi sanz's picture

So good the way you process the light is amazing, love your work dude