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It’s been a funny winter. Mostly gray days and overcast evenings and nights. But every now and then a clear day slips through.
I don’t mind winter, but it’s nice to have a few of these days every now and then.
No color editing in this picture, just lightened up the lower part with the street. So it was really this red and blue.

Sunset over Espoo

D700, ISO400, 1/125 sec @ f/4, Nikkor 50mm

Cross-processing, here we go again.
You just gotta get used to it, I guess. I’m just having a lot of fun doing it. And it brings some color into today’s whiteness.
This image was shot just before winter set in, in Finland, dreary weather, sad and cold. Wouldn’t believe me if I hadn’t shown you the before pic, would you? Layer blending modes are your biggest friend here.

Before

The before... D700, ISO200, 1/125 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

The procedure

Remember the blending modes! Test how things work out, but keep in mind that not all colors are suitable for this process.

After

The final result

To get away (at least temporarily) from the single colored landscape we’re vacating in at the time I thought I’d throw in a little bit of Photoshop.
Photography basis, with a twist.

Macro close-up of a flowering tulip

Formerly known as "tulip"

The procedure is very simple. Open up a (suitable) image in Photoshop. Go to View -> Show -> Show Grid. Make a selection on the background layer. You can either copy-paste it onto a new layer or work on the background layer (not recommended). Free transform (Ctrl (PC) or Cmd (Mac) T), flip horizontally or vertically, depending on the direction of your selection. Repeat with equal spaces between the sections. And that’s it :) Creative variations/combinations possible.
Gives some funky effects if you have the right picture.

Drop me a line if you want more details on the how-to.

I have such a back-log of snow pictures, I could probably be totally oblivious here and post more snow for the coming year or so.
It’s good if you haven’t had time to go out and shoot something new, though :D

I shot this one (and yesterday’s one) earlier in the year (yeah, it’s winter here pretty much the whole year :D ), I especially like this one because of the contrast of colors against the white snow.
No, I don’t like it for the fuel prices, especially not, because those are already about 18 eurocents higher today than they were in the picture. Cherish your fuel prices, my dear fellow Americans, you have NOTHING to complain about ;)

Brand display of Neste Oil on a cold winter day

D200, ISO100, 1/45 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm