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Snowy Isabelle, Indian Peaks Wilderness CO

This black and white view conveys how barren it is on the wind swept shores of Lake Isabelle in late May. The far end of the lake is actually still covered in ice. This is a striking contrast with the late summer view of Isabelle I got two years ago. Personally, I wanted to achieve the same reflection results as last time, but I don't mind the windy winter look either. The hike was much more treacherous this time around, and you can read the story here.

As the previous story notes, I only had time to make two different compositions on the shores of Lake Isabelle this time. The sun was going down, the wind was gusting, clouds were starting to roll in, and I was separated from my group. I could not linger. I quickly made two compositions and headed back to the group. The first composition I shared required HDR, because I included a dark foreground that was in the shadows. This second composition did not require HDR however, because the bright snowy foreground is not in the shadows.

The black and white conversion is inspired by Ansel Adams. If you search through Ansel's works you'll find quite a few where he burned in the sky to make it darker. I tried that technique here, darkening the sky to create an additional contrast against the mountains and to balance out the darkness of the lake. What do you think?

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