Snow Regrets

HDR Photo - Sugarloaf Cabin

The cabin is called Snow Regrets… I’m too lazy to make-up clever post titles on my own apparently.

You ever feel the urge to escape to the snow encrusted backwoods where the preferred method of transportation is a snow mobile and cell coverage is scarcer than non-fried food at the country fair? Neither does my wife… But I sure do! So, when my uncle invited us to his cabin in the woods (no, his name’s not Tom… but good one) right in the heart of ski country, I bought Lori some new insulated hiking shoes and she was agreeable to go. Of course I packed my camera gear in hopes of grabbing some winter wonderland shots. In particular, I was hoping to take an HDR photo of the cabin at blue hour. The above shot is the result of that planning and I’m really happy with the result.

Photo processing side note: The HDR cabin photo was created by processing two different tone mapped images in Photomatix from the original 7 bracketed photos and then blending it all together in Photoshop. This is the first time I’ve attempted rendering multiple tone maps. The technique was shown to me by my friend and fellow HDR photographer Cho Tang. Thanks Cho!

iPhone Photo - Driving to Sugarloaf

Lori vs The Snow Storm – iPhone Photo

The drive out on Friday night started out fine, but after a quick half-way point emergency Cheez-it stop at Target, huge flakes of snow started to fall fast and thick. I did what anyone would do and volunteered to navigate :-) . What this really means is that I volunteered to take distracting panorama iPhone pictures (with a flash even! Oh, the humanity!) and hit repeat after “The Circle of Life” was about to end on our roadtrip mix CD. The shot to the right is one of the more successful iPhonography attempts. Completely processed in the iPhone, it’s 6 images stitched together in Autostitch, and then treated in Camera +.

Sugarloaf USA Maine Winter

Look at all this snow!

This weekend I also decided to take a different approach to photography. I decided that instead of carefully planning and setting up every shot, I would go completely Rambo and shoot everything. I shot street lights, the snow, my family, dogs (in the face no less!), I even shot my cute little cousins. It was really quite liberating. Of course, I couldn’t resist busting out my tripod for a few bracketed frames, but mostly it was run-and-gun take-no-prisoners… if you catch my meaning. :-)

The rub came in post production and in composing this post since I had so many photos to choose from. I try to reserve this blog as a showcase for only my best or most interesting images, but I also have a lot images that are just plain fun from this weekend too. So, as not to waste space on the blog but also show you all my photos, I decided to make the video below (idea ruthlessly commandeered from Mike Matas). Mad props to Lori for standing still for like 15min while I took pictures and said crazy-talk like “make it look more like you’re walking.”

A few more keepers from the trip

Sugarloaf USA Winter

Sugarloaf USA Winter Lori

Sugarloaf USA Maine Winter Andrew

Sugarloaf USA Winter Black and White

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9 Responses to Snow Regrets

  1. Steven Perlmutter March 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Really nice images, and that video is very creative and fun. The last image is definitely my favorite. The compostion and processing work so well together.

  2. Dave DiCello March 7, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Dude, these are AWESOME! The video is so cool, but that last shot is just incredible. Looks like an awesome trip!

  3. Adam Allegro March 7, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Awesome video, I can see that took some time to put together. Looks like a really fun little trip you guys had :) Love the shots.

  4. Jason Hines March 7, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    This is my first time visting your blog and I wanted to say that you have some great photos and really interesting articles. I look forward to following your work. Also, thanks for commenting on my site today.

  5. Jimi Jones March 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    Monster post, man. Really digging these images and the processing of that opener is outstanding. Cool video as well. :-)

  6. chloe March 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    these shots are lovely Andrew

  7. A.Barlow March 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

    lol, poor dog. Looks like he wants in :)

  8. Len Saltiel March 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Great images all, Andrew but that first one is a killer. Very nicely exposed. By the way, thanks for your visits and comments.

  9. Kris Koeller March 6, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Gorgeous shots. Looks like a wonderful place. Pretty bummed we didn’t get much of a winter this year.

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