January 2013 Wallpaper

January 2013 marks my 4th anniversary of my monthly wallpapers.   I hope you continue to enjoy the little slices of nature I dig up each month and wish everyone a Happy New Year.

The recent snow we’ve had here at the turn of the year inspired me to find a slightly more picturesque January — this image was taken in January 2008.  It is the Assabet River as it transitions from Acton to Concord (there’s a town line somewhere in there, I think…)

If you like the above image you can download it to your computer and use it as your desktop or tablet wallpaper. A few of the common screen sizes are available:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Perfect for your iPad)

Download the 1280×1024 version here.

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Technical: Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm f/2.8 at 70mm.  1/13s at f/11, ISO 200.  Filtering unrecorded.   Processed with Lightroom 4.   There was a lot of tonal compression applied here — too many tweaks to detail.  The two most important were a selective mask of the river where I lowered the exposure by 1/3 stop and added clarity — effectively reproducing what a polarizer would do.  The second biggest push was to move the highlights down to recover some detail in the snowbank.  (I actually had the image ready to go without that and upon a third look decided something needed to be done there!)

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