Christmas is a time for joy, happiness. love …and presents!!
Wishing to all my friends, followers, students and collaborators a lot of all these above and many more.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
I took this image in the Mountains of Pindus, Greece, on a very cold winter day when I was experimenting with different effects among which ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) and NFLE (Natural Frosty Lens Effect) which is what you see here. This is not some effect added in post but the natural look and softness the frost on a lens can introduce to an image.
How you create this effect? Not difficult. On a cold snowy day (it has to be snowy because we need the humidity that helps frost create) you add a filter on your lens (can be a 3 stop IRND filter or a simple clear one) and wait a few minutes, while the humidity between the lens and the filter turns into a layer of frost adhering on the surface of the lens, which will introduce this softness and dreamy feel to the image. What I like about this effect is that it is nonpredictable, since you don’t know where exactly the frost will be created on the glass and how much of it you will have, so every new image is a surprise. Just like a Christmas present!