“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
I have to admit, I am usually at a total loss for words when it comes to a blog title lately. I mean, who on earth would actually search for that title in a google search?! Could happen I guess….maybe….
Well, thats literally what I was doing though, so lets just go with it….
After a couple of days in the dark cold ballroom programming a few lights and looks for a corporate event I was illuminating, I welcomed the afternoon off we had. I LOVE what do, but I also love to get out and explore, especially after being cooped up behind the lighting console. If you are interested, I shared a few images from the event on a previous post over here!
Just a short ride from the hotel, there were a few dirt roads that were just screaming out to me to explore a bit. As I climbed higher and higher, I noticed a strange chill in the air and from what seemed like out of no where, the late spring Colorado sky opened up and blanketed the area with a fresh coat of show. Cool! Not a big deal to a lot of you out there, but a fun surprise to this Florida boy…and his rental car without snow tires!
After a few zig zags around the mountainside I found this little bridge just off to my left side. As I traversed the mountain switchbacks (makes it sound a little more rustic than it actually was) I found myself scrambling a bit to find a place to pull off to explore the scene by that cool little bridge before the light faded. Not the best composition but as I was not exactly dressed for the occasion, it’s pretty close to what I wanted to capture.
So I have been layering in a few different processed versions of my images recently taking a few pieces from each to create a bit of a different look. Sometimes the hyper realistic details of the HDR layer fight for attention as to where to look. I decided to “paint in” a softer and somewhat subtle and painterly treatment to the trees, branches, and outer frame of this image help tell the story of where I was. Its a technique I am still working on, so I promise to share more like it soon 🙂