July 10, 2010. San Gregorio Bluffs, San Mateo County, California. January 28, 2021, My Office
Here’s what I said in my August 3, 2020 post of the mother of today’s picture:
This is an impossibly small crop of a much larger frame — a starting point for an imaginary stroll on walkable water.
I was going to post this last night, but it wasn’t ready. This is a picture where every nuance counts. An adjustment of just one click plus or minus in vibrancy or color balance or layer blending made a visible difference. Everything balances on the head of a pin. Had to sleep on it. Glad I did. A few changes in the morning finally resulted in a smile for both me and the Muse.
Every word of the above is just as true in today’s image. This is the same shot, same crop, same everything except the final post processing in photoshop.
The evolution is due to a thought came to me the other day — almost a commandment:
Find the essence of your image or statement. Then find the essence of that.
When I had that thought, my mind immediately went to this image. I followed the first part of the commandment on August 3 when I made the small crop. Now here’s the rest of it. The path disappears, but the destination is writ large.
This does not diminish the original, which stands on its own. But for me, this finishes this picture’s journey. The destination is writ large.
(Canon G5X II. RAW processing and initial editing in DxO PhotoLab 3.3; Final editing in Adobe Photoshop.)