This photo is responsible for my new section of photographs, entitled Miscellaneous and Manipulations. As you can probably guess, this is a manipulation. While I'm frequently asked how much I change in my photos, I can always answer "I don't manipulate, I enhance". The HDR processing, the Topaz, the microcontrast adjustments in photoshop... all of these processes enhance details and colors that are already present in the image. Aside from a few spots (dirty camera sensor, aberrant digital artifacts etc) I avoid wholesale manipulation.
Well with that in mind, I do feel bad sometimes that I never stretch my Photoshop muscle to its potential. So when I was processing this photo, the moon was present in the sky. Of course with an image shot with a wide angle lens, it was a fairly small ball. Being a sci-fi fan, I started wishing that the moon could be 100x larger in the sky.
A day or so of searching for royalty free images of the moon later and this is what I came up with. It reminds me of an opening scene from a Final Fantasy game, moon larger than life looming over a castle in front of a lake...
Maybe someday I'll have a good castle photograph to manipulate :)
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 20mm
ISO 100, f/22 at 1/90, 1/20, and 1/6 second