Favorite Farm Road

Thanks to everyone for the lively questions and discussions regarding yesterday's images, in particular my use of color. I'll try to write a tutorial/explanation during the next week and post it on the comments section. Right now I am SWAMPED with last minute school projects and final exams and a couple of other things - so I apologize for not answering everyone right away, but I will.

Since this seems to be a burning question: one of the "tricks" I use to get that "dreamy" effect is to expose my shots slightly longer than necessary, thus creating a little bit of blur. But - in addition to that - I ALWAYS pay attention to the histogram (I'm shooting digitally, remember) to be sure my data isn't lost on the light OR the dark end. If you learn how to use your histogram and understand how relevant it is to your post-processing, that alone will change your photos in an amazing way.

This image is of a favorite farm road where the sky opens up and the colors of the fields seem brightened because of it. I've posted many photos of this road on my blog during the last year - yet it always looks like a different place whenever I visit, even though I shoot from nearly the same spot everytime.

I'll skip the post-processing description right now and get into a more detailed version soon - but I did expose this shot a bit more than necessary and also used many single curves adjustments here and there, as well as the selective color/saturation tools.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting!

-- Kathleen


I live around durham township and was wondering where this road is and the name of it, if you wouldn't mind telling me. thanks

Posted by Rachel at November 16, 2005 2:17 AM

Excellent work! You have a lot of talent. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Provo, Ut.

Posted by Daniel at November 23, 2005 4:45 PM

its like the wallpaper that comes with Windows XP
better though :)

Posted by radhakrishna balla at March 30, 2006 6:20 PM

It seems to be unrealistic!
Very,very nice.

Posted by Oliver at May 10, 2006 10:24 AM

Having just looked through a sample of your photos, I am torm between giving my camera away or learning to improve my photos.
I love this image, reminds me of the kind of image I look for as desktop. Really great balance and colour.

Posted by Paul at January 20, 2009 6:29 PM

J'adore votre travail.
Vos photos sont magnifiques et captivantes.

Posted by OPAQUE (France) at March 13, 2010 5:26 AM
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