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Hi friends! Hope everyone's weekend was relaxing. If not, hopefully this image will help. It's primary purpose is to calm the mind and take you to a peaceful place. This image is part of my South Carolina series. It was taken on an island off the coast of Beaufort, SC. Although it looks like a sunset shot, with the purple tones in the sky, it's actually a sunrise shot. As you can see from the 'before' version, I added the purple tones to because I thought it would bring out the yellows of the rising sun. Purple and yellow are complimentary colors and do quite nicely together. I also wanted to convey the scene as I truly saw it, and the original image did not accomplish that. I've come to realize that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to capture a high contrast scene such as this one without using lens filters. I've always used the HDR method of photography to capture the full dynamic range of light and color. However, I'm finding that even with HDR, I'm still not getting the images that I want. So...I'm going back to the basics and am going to focus more on aperture, shutter speed, focal length, etc., etc. I'm also going to invest in some high quality filters such as neutral density and graduated ND filters. I've been studying the work of Tim Fitzharris, an amazing landscape photographer who has published many books on the subject. His work is breathtaking and he really knows his stuff. I'm afraid I've gotten lazy as a photographer, depending way too much on HDR and post-processing. While post-processing is important, it should not be the majority of the process. Yes,the above image is an HDR image. However, one can achieve the same degree of vibrance and drama with RAW images if one knows how to really work a camera. So, in the near future, I'll be putting away Photomatix and attempting to create my images from RAW files and a minimal amount of touch up work in Photoshop. Wish me luck.