Monday, May 23, 2011
Nature is so interesting...Despite man's "concrete paradise" and incessant urban sprawl, nature will always find a way to prevail. This photograph is a great example. Behind these purple flowers, from where the sunlight is peeking through, lies a highway. In fact, I had to jump over a steel bar that lines the highway in order to get to this field. I pass this area a lot when I'm driving and over the last week i noticed these purple flowers peeking through some high grass along this highway. Being the inquisitive photographer that i am, I had to check it out. So, equipped with my camera bag and tripod, I set out for a small adventure. It was definately worth the effort as I found this small piece of paradise waiting for me beyond the steel divider. Who would have thought that you could find such a beautiful scene along a highway.
This is an HDR image, having used 5 exposures (-2 to +2). Tone mapped version was created in Photomatix, and then brought into Photoshop with the original 5 layers. I actually didn't end up using any of the exposures. After i examined each exposure and compared them to the tone mapped layer, I found that none of them brought anything that would improve the image. So, they were all deleted. Then, I began painting...painting in dark and light greens into the grass to add depth; dark and light pinks into the flowers; and, adding orange tones to the sunlight. I also used a warming filter on the entire image, set at 25% opacity. Sharpening was done through unsharp mask. Viola!