Inspirations – Meditation Two – Quiet by Diane Varner
Canon 5D Mark II – Canon EF 70-200 F4 IS USM (169 MM) – ISO 800 – 1/125 sec @ F/4.0
Fog most often provides a mysterious atmosphere; coupled with sunlight, it becomes extremely magical. And so it was on this particular day. The shafts of light that were pouring down through the mist and trees set everything aglow. I found myself turning in circles as I looked up and photographed the light and shadows all around me.
When I arrived home, I was pleased to find several beautiful shots and had a difficult time choosing just one for my blog. This particular image was selected as it represented the overall feeling of light and quietness that I experienced on that cold, February morning.
The original image had more monotones of gray and yet in my memory, everything felt very warm despite the briskness of the day. I wanted to recreate this feeling in my image so, as I most often do, I started modifying the colors in Lightroom using split toning. The image was then taken into Photoshop. The tree trunks were selectively sharpened and the colors were modified a bit more using the hue/saturation and color balancing tools. The file was returned to Lightroom one last time for the final adjustments. For those interested, you can view the original image here.
I want to take this opportunity to say “many thanks” to Darwin for the opportunity to share my work on his blog! ~ Diane Varner