[singlepic id=221 w=320 h=240 float=left]This shot, original left, is of Veterans Point from across the Lake at Weldon Springs Park near Clinton Illinois. Shot Taken on Sunday, May 8 , 2011 with Nikon D60. Developed Using UFRaw and The Gimp on Ubuntu 11.04 Linux. This shot was not only fun to compose but fun to develop. I went with the straight up Gimp Photo Development technique I shared previously. For this shot that was all I seemed to need to bring it to life. I used UFRaw to only convert from NEF to JPG formats and performed no steps within that application. The original shot, as you can see had sufficient balance between highlight and shadow to not need the HDR processing. Though I still took an over and under exposed shot at the time not knowing if it would benefit from HDR or not. HDR simply put would not have helped me to achieve what it was I desired.
[singlepic id=220 w=320 h=240 float=right] As you can see I was able to simply work the levels and curves in Gimp to bring this shot a more vivid look. This photo only goes to prove that sometimes less is more. The amount of time spent on this shot may have been close to two hours in all as I tend to be overtly critical of myself. My aim is to achieve what I feel is the perfect balance for all elements in my photo, in this case suitable balance in the sky, ground, lake, highlights, and shadows. To this end every adjustment I make forces me to analyze all these elements. The one great thing about any art form is that the sooner you realize that you need to strive for the final that you desire the better the quality of your overall work.
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