Peaceful Elegance

[singlepic id=219 w=320 h=240 float=left] Original shot, left, taken at Weldon Springs near Clinton Illinois on Sunday May 8, 2011.  There is something so peaceful and elegant about nature and sometimes the shots we take, bring on their own life.  I saw serene beauty in this original shot.  A manor of peace that is far beyond what you would never see in the concrete jungles of today.  An oasis of serenity.  Seeing this and processing the image to enhance those traits and qualities was two different things.  Of the 110 photos, approx 33 scenes,  taken that day this one I have been working on for the past 4 days.

[singlepic id=218 w=320 h=240 float=right] As I worked on this piece the unexpected seemed to happen today everything finally fell into place I was able to get the level of detail I wanted and had the unique effect of reddish tones in the clouds.  For this picture it works to add to the serenity and the elegance of the moment.  It’s that point in time you want to pause and replay as often as you can.  Balancing this photo is what took so long.  Not only in final development but the actual HDR process and tone mapping.  What made this piece so challenging was the simplest of adjustments made profound impacts.  Until you complete the process you don’t always know what effect your going to get.  It took time to go back over the process and understanding the effects at each step.  Regardless if your a pro or new it takes patience and practice to get the result you want.  Sometimes it takes mere hours other times days.  Don’t give up on a photo if you like the composition it can be developed to your satisfaction.  I know with this one it took patience for me to wait and achieve the result I wanted using Ubuntu Linux, Qtpfsgui and The Gimp.

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