“Earth and Sky, Woods and Fields, Lakes and Rivers, the Mountains and the Sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books ” – John Lubbock
Took this photograph using my phone when we were chilling out on the beach in Brighton on Saturday. We only saw half a ring while we were lying down on the beach. So I decided to take a couple of them using my DSLR which didn’t come out very well at least not as close to this one. Ironically, this one was taken with my eyes almost closed because of the brightness of the Sun. I think I got lucky that day with my phone.
Google’s Doodle for today was related to Earth Day. But there was a link asking ‘which animal are you?‘. Now, how can I resist that quiz? I love these kind of small quizzes right ? So obviously I took it and look what I got…
Yay!!! A Honeybee…. Isn’t that cool…..Which animal are you?
While going through the pictures, I saw this one and remembered the reason I took this. The varied colors. So I thought I will try to use this single picture and apply the HDR processing using Luminance HDR software I had installed some time ago. Since I am still unaware of lot of parameters associated with it, I gave a go with the various options and got this one close to my liking.
And then I played around a little more and I got this one 🙂
And then with a new equation, it gave me this one
Now I am like a kid in a candy store 🙂
But my favorite is still the first one, even though the 2nd one looks good for a spooky set with all those branches coming out very well. The third one is just too nice and soft for my liking.
And then again after sometime I tried it with Photomatix Pro for Tone Mapping and this is what I got. And now I sort of like this too. That is why I don’t like too many choices 🙂
Do you have a favorite among the three ? what do you think of the fourth one ?
PS: For Earth Day yesterday, I shared a few photographs of mine in Google+ (a first for me). Just testing the waters.