Wetlands at Weldon Springs

[singlepic id=234 w=320 h=240 float=left] If you don’t mind insects, the dragonfly, egrets, or blue herons, and many others then you should visit wetlands.  There are rudimentary place for numerous natives of nature to get their start in life.  The wetlands at Weldon Springs may not be as extravagant or large as other parks nearby it is still remarkable.  Original shot, left taken with Nikon D60 is one such example.  While taken in mid day between the wind and clear sky I knew the HDR of this shot could prove to be exciting.  There is much I love about this shot, the composition of the forest as a backdrop to the virtually parallel wetlands in front of it.  The swirls of water amidst the duckweed and other wetland plants.

[singlepic id=233 w=320 h=240 float=right] The final version to the right took a bit of juggling to complete.  I know I’ve commented on the harsh light of midday sun and know that had I taken this shot around sunset it would have been even more stunning.  That being said I still love the way my final image turned out.  It is simple, bold, and full of texture and character.  For this setup it was best to go through Qtpfsgui first then finalize the project in Gimp.  Sometimes it’s best to use both programs and sometimes you only need Gimp.  Only experimentation and the desire to figure out what you want will tell you which one is right.  While this was used with both I may revisit in the future and do a pure Gimp development or perhaps another application if a new one presents itself that I like.

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