This past week the crew and I decided to head up towards lake Diablo to capture some canoeing on the desolate glacier lake. Once again along the way we hit some harsh weather, at first I was a little worried but this week we embraced it! We had around six shots to complete and after an intense 6 hours of shooting in the snow, wading chest deep in the ice-cold water with my photo flex strobes accompanying me in the water (of course high enough to where the water was not damaging the strobes).
With the conditions already being quite intense when I took these images into Photoshop I wanted to exaggerate the weather conditions because it can be difficult to capture weather. This week I focused on a couple elements, which I feel really made this image pop.
- First off I used the skin retouching technique on the individuals and the overall image. Which is essentially dodging and burning. This technique is really cool because it gives the image a painterly look.
- Second I watched a tutorial on creating a blizzard. This tutorial consisted of using noise and curves adjustments to create small, medium sized, and large specs of white on a separate layer. Next you put a motion blur on the specs to make it look like it is really coming down! Quite a simple tutorial but very effective in this image!
- And last but not least I added the light flare for the head lamp which I also took from a different image and put it on the subject after the shoot. To add the light flare you make three different selections all within each other and use curves adjustments to bring up the light level. Then you go in with Gaussian blur and make the light look realistic and play with opacity levels to make sure it looks as real as possible. Then you make a cloud layer and put it within the light beam because these kinds of light beams only occur when there is moisture or condensation in the area.