Winter Black & White Assignment Winner Klaus Priebe

'San Juan Winter' by Klaus Priebe
"San Juan Winter" by Klaus Priebe

Congratulations to Klaus Priebe for winning the Winter Black & White Assignment!

"Capturing the San Juan Mountains, CO, during the winter had been on my bucket list for quite some time and I was just waiting for the right conditions. I always do research on the weather before I go to any particular location to shoot. In December 2012 there was just a fresh coating of about 6" of snow there and the National Weather Service was calling for partly to mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of snow that week. As with all of my monochrome images, this one was inspired by the work of Ansel Adams. I have always loved monochrome photography and my eye tends to see everything in that light. I love a colorful landscape, but there is something to be said with the mood, light and substance that is contained in a monochrome image. The winter scene here with the muted greens of the trees and colorless, cloudy sky really set off the instinct in me to capture it in monochrome infrared. It brings out many details and beauty the eye is unable to see. My processing was pretty basic in Photoshop ACR with some levels and curve adjustments with some slight dodging in the shadow areas. After the ACR treatment, I processed the file in Silver Efex Pro II and used the red filtration for the Infrared file and then did a little contrast adjustment, amplified the blacks slightly and added about 7% on the structure slider. I then opened it back up in Photoshop CS5 and did the fine tuning with the levels, contrast and a little more dodging and burning," says Priebe.
Equipment: Modified Canon EOS 5D Mark II with infrared modification at 820nm, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM lens, Gitzo 3541 tripod, Manfrotto 054 ballhead, remote shutter release.

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