As a nature photographer, it goes against my instincts to fiddle a lot with an image. But...sometimes it is really fun to try new things. And, since my attempts yesterday at impressionism were met favorably, I decided to venture into the world of post processing a bit more today. This started out as a very drab image - one that I snapped while walking back to my car. In fact, when I opened it on my computer, my finger was on the Delete key...until I thought that it might be a fun image to work on.
I wish I could reconstruct exactly what I did. I made adjustments in LR, mostly using Dehaze and Clarity, along with a bit of a crop. Then I played with it in Color Efex Pro - didn't like anything. So, over to Silver Efex Pro where I found some filters I really liked. This is the one I finally landed on because it looks so wintery to me. I would love to know what you think, along with suggestions, of course. And I will (reluctantly) put the original image in Extra.
It was interesting how many of you weighed in on how exhausting the last year has been. I think all of us feel like we've been living in a heightened state of hyper-vigilance since sometime in March when Covid became a reality. Those of us closely tied to the US elections had the added stress of that, but it has been Covid that has weighed most heavily on us all I think. And now, it seems like a whole new level of stress is unfolding around the scarcity of vaccines. I know (hope) this year is going to get easier, but right now it feels very difficult.
On a positive note, I spotted the white junco under the feeders just a little while ago. I hadn't seen it yesterday so was mildly concerned that it might have fallen prey to something.
I will most likely go back to something birdy tomorrow, although I must admit that I've been having fun the last few days.
Stay safe. Be kind. Find chocolate...and eat it.