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20 Comments | Report
nishantkumar
 
nishantkumar December 03, 2019
Seeing this picture, I just feel I have got to click one like this before I breath my last!
Amazing work! Cheers!
hadjeas
 
hadjeas December 20, 2019
Awesome
Jdean80 Platinum
 
Jdean80 June 19, 2020
Amazing image, congratulations on the win!! Nicely done!!
stigfagerli PRO+
 
stigfagerli June 19, 2020
Fantastic foto congratulation with the price
Lance_Russon
 
Lance_Russon October 27, 2020
Stunning
kstaran
 
kstaran November 01, 2020
Awesome!
up4art
 
up4art February 05, 2021
hypnotising!!
LifesSketchesPhotography
 
LifesSketchesPhotography February 11, 2021
Looks like a still from a movie scene. great shot.
Krassi
 
Krassi February 28, 2021
👍
stphaneraymond
 
stphaneraymond May 18, 2021
😯
923465425721
 
923465425721 July 03, 2021
Go
Drewbage75
 
Drewbage75 November 07, 2021
Amazing
sandamondecar
 
sandamondecar November 16, 2021
Wow
terryhess_4638
 
terryhess_4638 November 24, 2021
Looks like a floor tile. I like this
Nannyjay
 
Nannyjay December 20, 2021
That's wicked, at first thought it was a circuit board
patricialeblanc PRO+
 
patricialeblanc July 31, 2022
😉
Jan_Degen
 
Jan_Degen September 26, 2022
great
Vlatka
 
Vlatka November 02, 2022
Great shot :)
marjanklepec Platinum
 
marjanklepec November 22, 2022
Super
sandielanier
 
sandielanier December 18, 2022
It's really pretty
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken from my driveway just after clearing it after a light overnight snow.
Time
I took the shot about mid-morning, just after clearing the snow. As you can see some driveways are clear, some are not, and the roads in the neighborhood still have snow on them.
Lighting
Part of what I believe makes this photo work is the diffused light from the cloudy sky. If the sun had been shining then the long shadows would have detracted from the starkness of the trees in the snow and the near symmetry of the lines formed by the streets and driveways.
Equipment
This was taken with an Autel X-Star drone, the first one I purchased.
Inspiration
Drone photos after a snow are always fun to find, particularly if the snow is sticking to the trees. While not the case here, when I aimed the camera straight down I loved how the wetness of the roads and driveways contrasted with the white of the snow. I was originally looking to try and catch a car or a school bus on the road but traffic was light. When I brought the shot into Lightroom I noticed the near symmetry of the original shot, and while capturing that wasn't my original intent it was hard to ignore once I saw it.
Editing
Everything I do goes through at least Lightroom for light and contrast adjustments since I shoot raw, even on my drones. With this shot I also brought it into the older Topaz Studio to enhance the definition of the trees against the snow.
In my camera bag
My drone photography is secondary to my normal wildlife work, where I use a pair of Canon mirrorless with the R5 and 100-500mm as my usual go-to. I've long ago retired the X-Star I used here and now use a first generation Autel EVO for my drone work.
Feedback
The best advice I can give any photographer is to always be looking for a photograph, and take/make the time to find it when opportunity presents itself. In this case I'd just finished clearing my driveway and the sidewalk, I was cold and tired, and needed to get to work. I could have blown off putting the drone in the air given that the snow wasn't of the type typical for a drone/snow photo (and there are no guarantees you'll find something even then), but I took the time to break it out and get it in the air and was rewarded. You're never guaranteed a great photo, but you're guaranteed to miss them when you don't go looking for them.

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