Backstory (for those who keep emailing me thanking me for them): going from spending literally 4 consecutive months on the road photographing and leading workshops to spending 12 hours a day behind my computer taking care of the photography business has its challenges! I have never done really well cooped up in a room day after day. Like many, I get anxiety and often just need to get out. Last Saturday I was starting to go a little STIR CRAZY and I just could not take it anymore! Because I now live in what many consider the most scenic/outdoor/recreational town in the US (Bend, Oregon) I decided to TAKE OFF to one of my favorite sanctuary spots on earth: Sparks Lake. Now only 20 minutes from my home this sacred location has me visiting frequently.
As I arrived, I was met with tumultuous clouds, sun breaks (and beams) and even an occasional snow fall. I went to Sparks Lake for one reason alone, to clear my head and breathe some fresh air. I thought “what the heck, I’ll bring my camera just in case.” But honestly, doing photography was the LAST thing on my mind. I just wanted to walk among the pines, along the lake, check out the wildlife, hear the wind in the trees and get refreshed.
Nearly alone, with only one person in the area camping, sunset time came and the water stilled and even though South Sister and Broken Top (the background mountains) would not reveal themselves I totally reveled in the weird and wild things the light was doing. I took only a select handful of shots and ended up leaving restored.
This is one Raw file nearly finished using very conservative adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5 (I often use both interchangeably for practice because I teach both during the Fall and Winter months) . In Photoshop CS6 very subtle blending (for various fine tuning techniques) was done, as usual, using my fairly innovative Layer Style “Blend if” techniques. Also, a Color Balance adjustment in Color Mode (Layer Blending Modes) so tones don’t change, was used to further the color correction process. Honestly, this file could nearly have been presented in – in camera - JPEG form. It was one of those few images that needed very little correcting/coaxing.
As always, best viewed on a well calibrated monitor on Safari, Firefox or Chrome.
I hope you see in the image, some of the PEACE the moment brought me.
Thanks for looking.