Snowy Sand Beach

Went for a walk on Sand Beach in Acadia National Park yesterday. Getting down the stairs covered with 3 feet of icy snow pack was a challenge; but easy walking on the beach. My friend, George Soules, often comments when seeing my landscape images - you know Joe McNally says, "He hasn't seen a landscape photograph that can't be improved by adding a person."  I am here to say, this snowy landscape image has been improved by adding a puppy (the people help too). And this puppy was moving; he's only standing on two legs in this shot. To learn how to create images like the one below, consider attending one of my nature photography workshops in Acadia National Park.

EXIF data: Fujifilm X100S, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/900 sec, ISO 400, 3/14/15, 12:12 PM

Snowy Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine

Below are my post processing steps for this image:

The original JPG image.

In Nik Color Efex Pro 4, I used the Tonal Contrast filter. I wanted the foggy look for the distant, background mountains, so I only used about 25% of the filter on the Beehive and other mountains.

In Photoshop, I used the Spot Healing Brush (with content aware) to remove some of the really big out of focus snowflakes in the sky.

Nik Sharpener Pro and then in Lightroom:
 • Increased Whites +4
 • Post-Crop Vignette -9
Then the bottom-right corner looked a bit dark - to help that I:
 • Added Graduated Filter to the bottom-right corner, with:
    • Increased Exposure: +0.52
    • Decreased Shadows: -26