South Window Smile

Somewhere just south of the Canadian Border is a house with a long window that faces south.  During the winter the low-lying sun peers over the horizon just enough to melt the frost from the edges to the lower center.  The result is a long, crooked, toothless smile that seems to relish those few moments of warmth.

This photograph was shot with a 90mm lens in 8 sections, each one bracketed by two stops over and under.  Then the images were exposure blended in Photomatix and stitched together with Photoshop.

The result is an image that is larger and clearer than the window itself.  Cropped and straightened to include the window jamb as a natural framing element, the depth of color and clarity of frost crystals is like looking through a pool of ice to another world.

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