[singlepic id=213 w=320 h=240 float=left] Yesterday I had a wonderful time exploring Weldon Springs in Clinton, Illinois with my better half. The original shot to the left, taken with Nikon D60, just reminded me of the so many trials and tribulations that we face as we go through life. It’s a narrow path on which we walk and though we may not know it at the time each and every step on that road is symbolic of another accomplishment. Being positive I like to reflect upon the good while a nay sayer, pessimist, may say each step is another nail in your coffin. It never ceases to amaze me how many different views can be brought to light on the simplest of subjects. I have noticed that those whom dwell on negative seem to be more wrapped around what is negative in the world and their conversation tends to drift down that same path. While those whom are more optimistic tend to have a more light hearted approach and typically will have a more positive vibe and beat to their conversations.
[singlepic id=212 w=320 h=240 float=right]The finalized development of this shot was performed in Linux utilizing Qtpfsgui and The Gimp as I demonstrated in HDR Photo Development In Linux. Overall development of this shot took approximately two hours. The biggest problem I had was image alignment. I did not use a tripod and thus had enough difference between my reference photos that aligning the images became a bit tricky. I need to remember to take my tripod with me on every outing and not rely only on my hand shots. There is a time and place for each technique and for HDR Landscape photography a tripod is an insurmountable necessity. I believe I would have been able to achieve a greater number of usable results had I taken mine with me. Well as it is frequently said, live and learn, let’s not follow the commercials and get Luv’s just yet.
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