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Crop Circle?

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 7 January 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

After taking photographs of the birch trees at Petrifying Springs, I couldn't help but notice the blank "canvass" behind me as I saw this huge "blanket" of undisturbed snow.

I started doing a little experimenting with my boots and created these tracks in the snow. I wasn't sure how well I would be able to photograph this considering how flat the land was and there was no higher elevations nearby to capture this from above. But this "crop circle" was only the beginning of my creations.

I love the texture captured in the snow here.

Photo captured December 27, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/321 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

haha, great work, love your art work

7 Jan 2011 6:08am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

very creative composition and great in b&w

7 Jan 2011 9:00am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Aliens are here again, this time playing with the snow :)> excellent shot.

7 Jan 2011 9:00am

Franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful atmosphere thanks to your processing! fun "experiment", and quite effectively photographed, i'd say! thanks for the explanation, or i would have thought aliens were at it again ... ;-))

7 Jan 2011 10:57am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The best thing about this is that the tracks spiral out toward the camera ! What an excellent posting !

7 Jan 2011 11:57am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful ! NOw I wonder who did this print :) Looks cool :)

7 Jan 2011 1:55pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Very creative, you didn't fall over dizzy either!

7 Jan 2011 2:12pm

@Curly: I almost did in my next creation, which will be posted on Wednesday. Picture a swirl lollipop and you'll understand why.

tataray from france, France

Un escargot ... Lol..))
Bonne idée... Sympa.

7 Jan 2011 2:26pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire, France

ah ah ! joliment fait.

7 Jan 2011 2:41pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

beautiful b/w and composing!
i can´t see anything wrong with it!

7 Jan 2011 3:18pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Great shot! Creative and good compo. I love the treatment of the trees and sky in the background.

7 Jan 2011 5:15pm

k@ from Paris, France

Did they land - superb alien presence & light.

7 Jan 2011 8:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

cool. i love the trees; i dragged your photograph into LR and cropped out the circles; it makes a fantastic pano

7 Jan 2011 9:42pm

@john4jack: I actually did do a real pano of the birch trees but I have yet to stitch it together. For once, I am actually "ahead of schedule" with the posting of my photos. :-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Very creative, and playful.

8 Jan 2011 12:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful snow circle and trees. The B&W is gorgeous!

8 Jan 2011 3:21am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Fantastic shot! Wonderful composition and lighting...

8 Jan 2011 3:45am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Fantastic treatment and that is exactly what I thouht of when I first saw this...great job on the compositon totally Steve...as always, extremely tasteful and so very well done in every respect!

8 Jan 2011 4:02am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States


8 Jan 2011 7:19pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

You really did capture the snow well. Sometimes it is very difficult. I did a similar thing at the cemetery, I make hearts around my mother's grave and I looked back thinking perhaps I would take a shot but I didn't see enough contrast. Well done.. and now we have the answer to whose been doing these things all over!

8 Jan 2011 11:27pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Hehe, I'm sure somebody already opened a conspiracy website on this... :-)

9 Jan 2011 8:06pm