2012 - Day 26. Jan. 26, 2012.
This is another shot from my snowshoe trek last weekend in the Pretty River Valley Provincial Park, near Collingwood. So, you might be wondering, what the heck is it?
Let's see if I can explain this so that it makes sense to someone other than me ;-). During this crazy winter we're having we've had several flash freezes. According to Environment Canada,
a flash freeze occurs when the temperature drops rapidly, within two to three hours, from above the freezing mark to below the freezing mark. This causes roads and vegetation previously covered in rain or wet snow to freeze rapidly. This is unusual for us. Generally when winter comes the temperature drops below freezing and stays there.
It had been raining the day before we went snowshoeing. The temperature dropped, all the raindrops clinging to the tree branches froze, and then it snowed. The branches sparkled, as though they all were sporting tiny diamonds. I used a soft focus on one branch and opened my aperture as wide as it would go, resulting in incredible bokeh. It made me think of molecules frozen in the air. I wanted a cold feeling, so I converted the photo to black and white in Silver Efex Pro 2, and then back in Lightroom boosted the contrast, added a blue tone to the shadows, and brought up the structure of the bokeh with the clarity slider. Et voilà - my interpretation of a flash freeze!