The Deep Freeze Begins
This is a day I will always remember, as the beauty of the landscape was just stunning, the weather was beautiful, and I came upon the right place at the right time with the right tools.
I planned a journey to make some winter art, and hopped in the trusty Subaru. I headed out towards the Lyman Lake area in Potter County Pennsylvania with expectations to head into the woods for a long hike (which I also did). On the road leading to the lake I came across this beaver dam which still had bright green moss covering the top. I thought this was amazing, as the snow was still falling a little and the rest of the landscape had become mostly neutral shades of white with small tinges of browns.
I got out and walked around a little while trying to find the best way to make this image - and I knew it had to be soon as the snow was beginning to pick up. The problem is that the scene I wanted to frame was far to big for just one single frame, and the exposure difference between the foreground and background was to dramatic to capture in one single image. I knew that if I made a regular panoramic image by stitching together images of the scene that I would not have enough detail in the shadow areas to show off the green moss, or the green pines in the background, so I opted to shoot 3 images of varied exposures for each piece of the panoramic image.
All total, I shot over 85 images to create the final image that you see above. Using a special blending technique I was able to create this piece to really highlight the beauty that I found in the backwoods of Potter County Pennsylvania.