Landscapes & Nature - andycalnan

A few weeks ago I was driving up to see Lynne after work, and I happened to have my camera with me. There's a back road to her house from the highway that's a little less direct, but cuts through a swamp that has a very "New England" feel to it. I've photographed it before, but never felt like I did it justice. There was a nice sunset as I was coming off the highway, but what really surprised me was just how foggy it had gotten, especially in the swamp.

The combination of the sunset, reflections, and how the trees slowly disappear into the fog all come together for quite the shot. I'm very happy with this one, and I've sat with it open in Photoshop for atleast a week and a half, making small tweaks to color and saturation. I'm quite pleased with the final product. It reminds me a little of the cover art from Opeth's Blackwater Park album, but with more color.

On a related note, I ordered some prints from SmugMug here, and I'm quite thrilled with the results. I ordered a 12x18 metallic print (the metallic finish really does justice to the HDR, it's pretty great), a large Aluminum print (super glossy, and very easy to hang) and I was most impressed with the quality of the 20x30 Giclee canvas print. Having worked in a print shop, and having done all of my prints up to now has left me with a fine eye for detail and color, so I was a little anxious to see how Smug Mug would hold up. They met or exceeded my expectations completely. I will be ordering a print of this one soon, the question remains... what finish to pick? :)



EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM @ 28mm
ISO200, f/13, 3 30 sec exposures through auto bracketing

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