Was it all a dream?
Having Allison & Steve visit was like a fantastic dream, and the Tweetup/photowalk in Maynooth was one of the high-points of the visit. this shot shows the slow half of the photowalk lagging behind the rest of us in the grounds of St. Patrick's College.
The light was pretty awful, so I figured I'd have some fun with the image. I started by tonemapping the RAW image with Photomatix Pro to recover as much shadow detail as I could (the sky was a lost cause, so I let it blow out fully). This tonemapped version was then given a bit more punch using the Topaz Adjust 4 plugin in PSE 8 before being sent to Pixelmator where I followed my own Orton Effect tutorial. Finally, this version was taken back into Aperture where the monochrome mixer was used to convert it to monochrome, using a predominantly blue filter with some green and no red keep the sky blown out, keep the path fairly dark, and get the grass to a nice value.