Cathedral of the Sea

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!

Google Map Info: 34.424788, -77.544883

Gear: Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-105mm

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 7

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  1. Chris Frailey March 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Love those lines
    Chris Frailey recently posted…The Golden Gate

  2. Jimi Jones March 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

    I like this shot, Curt. I think it came out nicely. A fitting title as well. :-)
    Jimi Jones recently posted…Pillars

  3. Jim Denham March 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM #

    Love the abstract feel to this Curt! Good stuff and great practice!

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    […] Cathedral of the Sea – the underside of a pier produces great lines both in the feel of a cathedral hall from the overarching elements and the terrific vanishing point that is creates.  A strong image with great colors and tones from the studio of Curt Fleenor. […]

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