Snow Buddha

Harbin is cold during the day, and much colder at night… so cold that the battery in my DMC-GX7 gave up the ghost after only a few shots.

Thankfully, I had along my D300 with an MB-D10 battery pack attached. Had no shortage of juice with this setup.

The above picture was taken on an Oben CT-3510 Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head (very glad that I decided to go with a light and compact tripod), with a 50 mm f/1.4 attached and an ISO of 3200 (had it cranked-up because I was also attempting hand-held shots… emphasis on attempting).

Developing the shot in Lightroom was a bit of a challenge. The original came-out really orangish. I ended-up dialing back the Temp a lot, with decreases in Clarity and Vibrance as well.

I hope this captures something of the scale… I think he was something like 20 meters high, and seated on top a snow mountain that was even taller.

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4 comments

  1. quite different from the penguins! how wonderful to stand before this, dwarfed by it. amazing to think of this in ice…and not melting. by the way, my gmx-7 battery does the same thing…even in the relatively (to harbin) cold of nyc, it lost power, though not as fast as yours did in the cold of harbin. i did buy an extra one at b and h.

    do they change the ice figures? i mean, will this stand for years?

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