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Anza Borrego Skies | by cmrowell
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Anza Borrego Skies

Last one in this late afternoon Anza Borrego sky series. This is the one where I was lying on my back to take the shot, getting a cactus spine in my backside.

 

I tend to take series of photos in one place more often now when travelling with our son. We don't get to stop a lot to take photos, so when we do stop we will have a high concentration of photos in one area. That, and this scene warranted several photos and I have a hard time culling them.

 

For GIMP/Photoshop users and those interested (I used GIMP): A scree duplicate layer was applied on top of the bottom half of the image (gradient masked out of the sky) to brighten the foreground and then a white to black (bottom to top) overlay layer was also added. That gave more contrast to the sky and further brightened the foreground. Sort of my standard edit for shots like this where the sky overpowers the foreground. Some call it DRI, but that can also involve multiple exposures. This was just one exposure. I try not to overdo it, eg. the layers aren't applied at 100%. The fill-in flash did help a lot with this one.

 

Added to the Cream of the Crop pool as favorited (also my most interesting).

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Taken on March 6, 2006