50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

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.



31 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Deep (in the woods)

  1. kirkistan says:

    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!


    • 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: http://www.dxo.com/intl/sony


  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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