Location: Ter Apel - at the Bosbeek - the Netherlands.
Exposure: 3 brackets of -2 Ev, +/-0 Ev and +2 Ev at f/8, mounted on a Manfrotto 190.
Description: During the grubbing of the so-called "Bourtangermoor" - in the Northern provinces Groningen and Drenthe - the whole old peat-mouth scheme was nearly replaced by straight canals. At the end of the previous century the convalescence of several old peat-flows - such as the Runde and the Ruiten Aa - started to develop.
This picture was taken at the Bosbeek (forest-branch), which has been dug in 2000. This new piece of water-plan connects the Runde with the Ruiten Aa (canals).
Due to house construction it was no longer possible to maintain the original flow of streaming water from the bayou. When the complete route has been gradually recovered, peat-water from the highmoor-reservoir Bargerveen will flow to sea once again.
Technique: HDR Tone Mapping & PS color and contrast enhancements.
Two layer copies with corresponding masks used for selective sharpening and sensor junk removal. A custom double-s curve for overall contrast. A selective Levels layer to brighten the trees in the background a bit. Another custom one-point curve layer for a second contrast adjustment throughout the scene.
The warm subdued color toning was inspired by 17th century paintings, those by William Blake in particular. The end-result was achieved by using three adjustment layers: Photo Filter (orange), Hue/Saturation and Selective Color.
A blueprint of real world grain - Agfa Scala 200x - was sampled and applied as well as a soft Gaussian Blur for the overall effect as a final touch.
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