Jordan Roberts Photography
Southbound Highway 155/ Banks Lake, Eastern WA.
I don't know where to begin explaining this photo. Every artist/photographer has a difficult time accepting their own work to some degree or another. This photo is the only one I've ever created that has connected with my soul like this one did. It's a completely metaphorical image for me and holds a lot of meaning that will be difficult for anyone to figure out. This was a very emotionally taxing photo to edit, the only one I've experienced that with. I figure if you don't invest any emotion into art, than it ceases to be art. I hope everyone can get something different from this photo and connect with it. Yes the title is a reference to Robert Frost, however it is a bit more specific than his poem.
On a technical aspect this was a very real sunset. In fact it was so real that I had to actually REDUCE the color in the image to increase the contrast from luminosity. It was perhaps the most beautiful sunset I've ever been under. Sunsets like this along the Coulee Corridor happen regularly and are very very saturated. Coming from the coast I am not used to this type of lighting. My original photo of this was so thick with red it looked like I actually sprayed red ink on the lens. I had to manipulate the image to reduce the amount of red and bring out the greens and blues. So for people who think these types of images are fake, they are very real and this landscape really does exist, as difficult as it is to believe; this image really does not do the real thing justice.
Manual blend of Highway 155 southbound. I haven't used GND filters for a long time, in fact I couldn't tell you the last time I owned a GND-type filter. I feel they're rather time consuming to use and I'll only prefer them over image blending with certain lighting conditions. Hougaard Malan probably has the best interpretation of HDR imagery I've seen around. I believe over-edited HDR images is an indication of a lack of understanding of what HDR imagery really is. You could say all my manual blends are an "HDR" image but I prefer to not label them as such; it holds such a negative connotation.
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