This shot of the pier at Surf City, North Carolina is a little outside the norm for me visually. I intended to create an HDR or blended image from the original set of brackets. The more I worked with it the less I liked how it was turning out. As is often the case lately, I took one image and played with it in Perfect Photo Suite. After a few iterations of applying presets, quitting and starting over something interesting began to take shape.
I had no direction or idea of where I wanted to go with the image. Thoughts of how it should look disappeared. For a time there was no goal or imagined result in mind. Slowly, a concept formed from the chaos of play and the end result started to take shape.
I find myself doing this type of exercise more and more. Typically the results are hardly anything I would call worthy of sharing. This time I’m quite happy with the results and didn’t hesitate to share them. I think this type of freeform play is good for the soul. It can help stretch your creative muscles and expand your boundaries. Who knows, you may find something you like while your mind wanders!
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