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008 - Inverse Footprints

January 8, 2010--I spent several hours today taking pictures of the ice and snow around Atlantic Station, Home Park and Georgia Tech. I encourage everyone to browse through the entire set, as there are some pretty cool shots in there, if I do say so myself. If you only look at one other image, however, look at this one of a frozen fountain. I was torn between it and this image as my choice for PotD.

 

I thought this image was particularly unique as it is the inverse of footprint impressions in the snow. It was also unusual because it was the only snow that remained on that stretch of sidewalk, and it came up from the street, which was covered in a sheet of ice, with no snow to speak of to be tracked up onto the sidewalk.

 

As it turns out, photographing snow is difficult! A custom white balance was indispensable in preventing the bluish cast that's problematic in snow photography. I also relied somewhat on spot metering, which resulted in some areas of some images I took to be a bit blown out, but overall, I feel it was a better decision to use that instead of partial, as the photos taken on that setting still had blown-out areas, but the subjects were too dark.

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Taken on January 8, 2010