Black & Snow

Given that snow is (usually) white, when one wants to convert a photo with snow to B&W, one is already halfway there. That gave me the idea, while looking at some old photographs from snow laden trees, to go the rest of the way and have some fun playing with various effects while I am at it. So here they are, three B&W photographs of trees with a lot of snow on them:

Close-up on the white slope of Koziakas.

Close-up on the white slope of Koziakas.

These photos were all taken during the same day near the ski resort of Pertouli. Pertouli is a village in central Greece. At an altitude of around 1200m, there is a plateau in the mountains, which is very beautiful both in winter and summer. The area usually gets a lot of snow in the winter, so conditions like this are not rare.

Tree color changed to lighter tones to merge better with the background and convey the coldness of the day.

Tree color changed to lighter tones to merge better with the background and convey the coldness of the day.

I took the first photo right from the road, while the second one was taken from the edge of one of the ski runs. I actually had to walk around 100m in the deep snow to get this third shot, which goes to show the lengths we serious photographers will go “to get the shot”!

A lot of big trees guarding the small one.

A lot of big trees guarding the small one.

As I have already written I have used various filter effects on the photos to experiment with different looks and accentuate the mood of each one as I feel it. Feel free to comment if you don’t like the effects, or think you have a better idea that I could try out.

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