As I was thinking about how to respond to this week’s photo challenge, serenity, it occurred to me that I would say serenity is an idea that shows up a lot in my photography. For this week, I chose this image:
The image itself was taken this past fall. I stopped, looked up, and saw this lovely pattern of light that I thought would turn out well in a photograph. This final edited version is actually a fusion of two identical images shot using different exposures and then edited in Photomatix Pro. Here are the two originals:
I felt that creating an HDR image would bring out the jewel tones in the leaves and the bokeh effect in the background of the image. When I took the original photos, it was a bright day so I had lowered my ISO to 100. It was also a bit breezy, and in this case I wanted the leaves to be still, so that is the reason for the fast shutter speed. I settled on an f-stop of 5.6 after a couple of other tries, because I felt like that was the right balance of bokeh in the background and clarity in the leaves.
As for serenity, it’s been a bit elusive in my life lately. I’ve missed the last few photo challenges. It’s nice to be back, and I’m looking forward to getting caught up on my comments and visits to other blogs. As for serenity in a photo, this particular image works for me but what do you think? your comments are welcome below.