Description This shot was taken in northern California, near Leggett, on a lonely mountain road at sunset. Our family was coming back from the coast with our newborn granddaughter who needed to nurse. My daughter, being a protective mom, insisted on stopping to nurse since the baby couldn't be out of the car seat while the vehicle was moving. So we picked a hilltop to park on just before sunset. I set up the tripod and started shooting. As darkness fell, lots of interesting shadows and colors followed. The final image here is highly manipulated, including creation of an HDR, and Photoshopping to heighten the impact of contrast between the foreground and progression of hills and valleys that stretched into the horizon. This is one of my favorite images that I've ever taken. FYI, this image has been published in a calendar and looks wonderful printed on either paper or canvas. (I have a Medium size canvas in my office. People who visit often comment on the visual impact of the image.) A slightly modified version is also available in my gallery titled 'Landscapes.' That version is more conducive to matting and framing.
Paul Brackley, Chicago Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement I've been a serious photographer for nearly 40 years. I particularly enjoy "creating" works of art with my camera, but find that today's digital tools really extend my creativity. HDR processing and other image-manipulation programs are real interests of mine, and even though I've created some surreal images, my favorites are those that leave the viewer wondering, "How'd he do that?"
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