Beautiful Danger by Terry Schmidbauer
Beautiful Danger, a photo by Terry Schmidbauer on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Snow can be your best friend or your worst enemy. I saw this cornice and was taken by its beauty but after I got past that I realized what a dangerous, fragile thing it was. At any minute it could come crashing down.

This was developed in Lightroom 4.1 I really felt I needed to balance the white mountain with something heavy in the sky. So as a balancing device, I used a dark graduation from the top of the frame. This also helps bring the interest toward the lower part of the frame. I also increased the contrast between the cornice and the sky by slightly darkening the clouds behind the cornice. I used a very large brush to darken the sky and the snow at the same time and came back with a smaller brush and erased the cornice back in. That a technique I’ve used in Lightroom quite a bit.

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