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I suppose I've bored you long enough with images from my 'southern states' travels. So...back up north we go. This shot was taken at a lavender farm in eastern Pennsylvania. What a truly beautiful place. As soon as you walk onto the property you can smell fresh lavender in the air. Unfortunately, lavender is only in bloom for about 6 weeks every year (June-July)...at least in this part of the world. Not sure about other areas. If you look closely you will see a little girl running through the lavender on the left of the image. She added just the right touch to the photograph.
This is an HDR image, created with 5 exposures (-2 to +2). Tonemapped in Photomatix. The tonemapped image was brought into Photoshop along with the 5 original exposures, each on their own layer. With the tonemapped layer on top, I added a layer mask and masked in some of the areas from other layers with opacity set at 20%. I cloned in some more lavender plants on the bottom of the image with clone stamp. I also dodged some more light falling onto the foreground from the sun. Finally, I used color balance to add a touch of warmth to the image, levels, curves, noise reduction, and unsharp mask. Viola.