Snowy New Year Trip Day Three: Dam Snow
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Road Less Traveled -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Road Less Traveled

It's been months since I last wrote about our New Year trip to Toyama Prefecture, several hours' drive north from Kyoto. It was a pleasantly photogenic trip, yielding nice shots such as “Bridge Over Icy Water”, “Deceptively Clear: Snow-Covered Mountains in Exquisite Detail”, and “Snowy Mountains”, as well as visits to historic Shirakawago Village and Gokayama Village during a blizzard.

The story had ended with “Snowy New-Year Trip: Start of Day Three” and the start of a long walk that Anthony and I took, so that's where this post picks up....

Steep, Snowy, and Snowing More but luckily no cars -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 60 mm — 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Steep, Snowy, and Snowing More
but luckily no cars
Snowbanks are meant to be destroyed by seven-year-olds -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Snowbanks
are meant to be destroyed by seven-year-olds
It's a Big Job but someone's got to do it -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 720 — map & image datanearby photos
It's a Big Job
but someone's got to do it

You can see from the slope on either side of the road how steep the mountain is, with the road simply notched into it. Looking over the edge, I found a bamboo grove bending under the weight of the sticky snow

Straining not to buckle under -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Straining
not to buckle under

It was about this time that I took the photo labeled both “Boring” and “Powerful, Sort Of” on my “Stupid Tone-Curve Tricks: A Half Dozen Develop Presets for Lightroom” post in March. Here's the “Powerful, Sort Of” version:

Powerful, Sort Of Processed in Lightroom as described here -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Powerful, Sort Of
Processed in Lightroom as described here

It looks all the more powerful when contrasted to most shots on this post because the others have an overall lack of contrast (they feel washed out / dull) due to the heavy snow that was falling.

Another look at the falloff....

There's a Guard Rail Under That Snow I hope -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 27 mm — 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
There's a Guard Rail Under That Snow
I hope

I'm always impressed at how much snow a thin branch can hold when the snow is wet and sticky...

Laden -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Laden

That's nothing compared to this, but like I said, I'm easily impressed.

About this time the first car went by, followed a couple of minutes later by a second....

Rush Hour -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 32 mm — 1/640 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Rush Hour

And then we reached level to the top of the dam that our lodge faced...

Contrasty B&W because the straight-up shot is so very dull ( Is this one not dull? ) -- Tonami, Toyama, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 62 mm — 1/500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Contrasty B&W
because the straight-up shot is so very dull
( Is this one not dull? )

There's lots more to share... hopefully I can do so before another three months passes...

(UPDATE: I did, with a week to spare: story continued here.)


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

I don’t think that “Contrast B&W” is dull at all – I really like that one. The contrasts are good and the implied texture as the repeating segments of the dam make that picture.

Thanks for the kind words… I don’t think it’s dull either, but you never know. The original (before I upped the contrast) is, though. —Jeffrey

— comment by Dwayne on July 1st, 2010 at 5:28am JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

I like both photos you upped the contrast on (Powerful, Sort Of and Contrasty B&W). All of these photos are great but these 2 stand out to me and I really enjoyed them. I suppose that different people have different tastes but I like your taste in editing photos.

— comment by Earnest Barr on July 5th, 2010 at 7:40pm JST (7 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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