Dreamy Meadows

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The meadow beckoned me to return for a sunrise visit. Arriving before the sun began to show, I walked through the dewy grass and watched as two white-tail deer bucks ran off to the forest. The Goldfinches were starting their morning feasting on the grass seeds, chirping their hello’s.

It was a humid morning, and the meadows were covered in misty fog. Perfect conditions to create some dreamy scenes. This time I was better prepared for the high contrast scenes of bright skies and dark foregrounds. Installing my newly acquired NiSi Filter Kit which has a circular polarizer embedded into the filter holder system and pairing it with a Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral Density Filter I was ready to begin my series of bracketed shots to balance out exposures for the final result.

In the first image, I used the same camera kit and did some minor edits in Lightroom before adding it to Topaz Impressions to create a painterly effect. Below is the ‘before’ image before adding the painterly filter.

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Shortly after sunrise, I began to play with the beautiful backlighting that the warm sun was offering. I had set the white balance to Shady to warm up the cold tones. As I had more than enough light, I pushed the Grad Neutral Density filter up in the holder to the lighter area. Little did I realize, but the humidity had gathered on the filter and what I did was add a softening vignette to the edges of my images. There was very little I did with this image other than toning down some of the yellow and softening the clarity in Lightroom. Sometimes our mistakes can lead to beautiful results.

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I was not the only one creating art in the meadow, the spiders had done their work and overnight left masterpieces in the grasses.

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The meadows is the heart of nature’s beauty. The more I look, the more I see. The meadows are full of life and give an energizing lift to anyone that visits.

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