Travel Theme: Deep (in the woods)

You never know what you might come across when you are out hiking.  In this case, I was deep in the woods.  The travel theme this week at Where’s My Backpack? is deep, so I figured I was in the right place.  Turns out, I was in the right spot for a little mystery:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160
ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

I’m not sure which question I had first; was it, why is there a stone building here? or which storm?, we get a lot of them and I was just curious to know which storm the sign was referring too.  I was at the Babler State Park in Missouri on a Monday so the visitor’s center was closed, so my questions will have to wait for another visit.  And I will be going back, it is a nice park with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Here is my original photo:

ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160
ISO 640 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/160

I don’t know about you, but when I first looked at it, I thought the color was just wrong to go with the theme of deep.  I wanted the richer orange color you see in the finished version.  To get the look I was going for, I opened the photo in camera raw, and in the basic settings I adjusted the temperature setting to be a bit warmer.  Then in Photoshop, I opened up a film plug-in and applied a Fuji Provia 100F filter.  I thought that the little bit of texture that the filter added helped with the deep theme.  I also sharpened it a bit.

What do you think?  Does the first one say “deep” to you more than the second?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



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  1. I very much like the reworked photo. You give me hope that I can turn some of my typically mundane photos a bit more glorious. I need to move back to shooting in RAW+Jpeg and then doing the good work of excising old/bad shots. So far I’ve not had the courage to delete photos. I noticed your rather high ISO: were you shooting in lower light? Great post and I’m going to lift your last paragraph and try it on my own photos!


    1. It took me awhile to get to the point where I was willing to delete photos, but at some point I began to feel overwhelmed by the number of images I had. At that point I gathered my courage, put my ego in check, and deleted a bunch. The light was what you might call “crummy”, I believe that is the technical term for it. It was overcast, so bright; but we were in a pretty wooded area, so dark. I also increased the ISO because I wanted a higher shutter speed because I was doing some bracketing and did not have my tripod. The film filter I am talking about in Photoshop was actually a plug-in. It is available until the end of the month for free. If you are interested, here is the link:


    1. It’s very water logged but it says: “Warning area closed hazardous conditions from storm damage” Kind of ironic that it would be necessary to close a building with a partially collapsed roof, you think it would be pretty obvious.


  2. I like the adapted version. I used to play in Photoshop quite a bit, and had no shame in coaxing evocative pictures out of otherwise everyday ones. They are two very different images despite being the same source!


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