"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Vincent Van Gogh
As there was little time before or after the art in the park mentioned in the previous blog post I did come upon this classic scene in Northeast Iowa that caught my attention. The black ribbon of hiway skirting a rural church was made all the more beautiful by the spots of sunlight crossing the landscape. To me it really doesn't get much better than an afternoon with a scene like this.
Captured with my Nikon D300s and processed with Photomatix Pro, I did a little more "primping" in Nik Viveza followed by their Color Efex Pro. I hadn't used Photomatix for sometime since Nik brought out their HDR program, but I'm finding new uses for the newest version of Photomatix as I feel it preserves the colors of the natural landscape much better than before. This doesn't mean that the Nik product is inferior, but, in this case I think that the rendition of the scene is more closer to my perception of the time.
Revisiting other software haunts proved to me that certain digital tools may not always answer all needs, just as a particular lens may not be the answer for all subjects. Reading the blogs of such celebrated artists as John Barclay and Tony Sweet has been helpful in learning the importance of flexibility in tool usage.
There are many summer days ahead...enjoy them all!
Sic 'em Bears!
For more views of my work visit;
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org