awwwww thanks *_* That's so sweet of you to say! I've self-taught myself how to post-process and when I actually did this one I had absolute NO IDEA of PS and did all the work on Gimp (and now that I think about it...I'm kinda of impress about my past self!! well done past silvia, well done) Yay for online tutorials and infinite hours playing around with Gimp (which now makes me a really weird user of PS, no ones understand what I do because I apply Gimp system )
hahaha It's kind of... rudimental, I guess It could be the word. But in the end it's kind of like photoshop CS but very very very basics(and it's complete mental if you, like with this image, work with ten thousand billions of layers).But now I'm currently working with PS CS5 and I'm thrilled. But I'm thinking of trying Lightroom as everybody is speaking so good about it! And I believe that, yes the pp program is very important when it comes to quality of the final image, but If I didn't got a great model and a nice decent image It wouldn't had matter if I pp on Gimp or not.
Wow! Such warmth in the cold. Love it . I can relate to snow at least since I live in north of Sweden. Temperature going up and down between -5 and -35C the latest month. The picture remind me of that feeling you get sometimes when you wake up in the morning when its cold in the room but you actually feel how warm you are and doesn't freeze, and having super hot skin and still not sweating.
wow! first of all thank you for you kind words!! what you said was just so lovely and I'm really happy one of my images can create such nice feelings overseas! and, really?!? -35C?!?? Oh My F*** god! that's not even human I guess I'll never be visiting Sweden on winter and stay in my really nice and warm house on the Canary Island with my +15C winter temperature
No need to thank me for doing something you obviously enjoy to do . Keep it up! You are talented.
It's not as bad as it sounds though since the air is fairly dry up here in the winters and we also clothe ourselves for the weather. And yeah, tend to stay indoors during the coldspots . The record temperature I have experienced is -45 C. It was during new years eve. Me and a friend was trying to go to town to celebrate but my car didn't even try to start even though the "engine heater" had been connected for several hours. But it was just as well, I heard some people blew their suspension due to the oils freezing and their tires got ruined as well becauses the bump in the tire from standing still didn't go away. Luckily this doesn't happen often, I have only experienced it once. So we drank softdrinks on my porch fast as hell and ran inside. We discovered that half the softdrink had frozen to the glass and formed sort of a "beard". Crazy.
But the summers are lovely. We have daylight the entire summer and the temperature sometimes reaches very high. One time we had a local heatpocket reaching +35 C for a week. All the lawns turned brown. This doen't happen often either, we usually have somewhere around 10-15 C with heatwaves reaching +25. And you never get tired during the summer due to the sun never setting. In the winters though, darkness, darkness and darkness. But the starry skies and the aurora borealis makes up for it .
I've been to the Canaries by the way. But it was a long time ago. We went there on vacation and I was only about 12 years old or something like that. Hmm... I had my very first girlfriend there, very romantic . But we lost contact a while after we both got home to Sweden and her mother died.
I really liked it, I love the heat. And I love the rain for some reason, not sure why. Well, long long answer, take care .
Sorry for taking sooooo long to reply to this! I really find fascinating all that winter crazyness you seem to talk about like it's completely normal! And I'm so looking for to visit Sweden somewhere in the near future, in the not freezing cold winter. But you should definatelly give another go to the Canaries, it's an amazing lovely and wellcome place on heart. Thank you so very much for taking your time to write all that nice info down for me to read it Take care!
No worries . I didn't really expect a reply to my wall of text rantings. But the temperature here sure is crazy sometimes. For instance, today we had +18 degrees C, and just a couple of days ago it was snowing. I still have my winter tires on.
Yeah, maybe I'll go there again some day. And if you visit Sweden the summer is not a bad time to do it, it is quite lovely over here. Stockholm for instance is a beautiful city. And northern Sweden is lovely as well with all the wilderness.
Thank you The shooting was all with natural lighting (I'm still too amateur to work with lighting kits and stuff) and altough the whole snow/bokeh was post-process I didn't touch anything about the lighting of the image. Altough you can see the original image directly download from the camera on here : [link]
Honestly I like natural lighting better than artificial lighting and stuff, natural lighting is always beautiful, definitely keep shooting natural, you're awesome at it! However strobes can be fun especially if you want a certain kind of effect. I'm glad you posted the link to the before photo, wow, what a difference, amazing post processing work!
Thank you! I'll probably keep on with natural lighting because I found it much more challenging and this is not my profession right now. And I specially appreciate the cumpliment about my PP since I'm a self-taugh Gimp post-processor!!
yeah I definitely encourage you to keep using natural light, it is very challenging but worth it! And I know what you mean, I have had to teach myself everything I know about photography and PP, and Gimp rocks! I love it! But I think being self taught makes some of the best and most passionate photographers (not in every case though because there are a lot of amazing photographers that have been formally trained). Excited to see more work from you, and I'm going to add you as a contact on flickr! lol