I’m showing lighter and darker nature pictures to go with the lens-artists photo challenge of “exposure” this week. Sometimes I frame a shot with lighter and darker settings; other times I make changes during the photo editing process.
The first two pictures are of maidenhair fern growing along the trail in Silver Falls State Park. In this case I like both versions. Maybe it’s because I like all shades of green. 🙂
The next two pictures show a mountain peak near Mitchell, Oregon. The first shows the structure of the rimrock at the peak and the second brings out the clouds. I prefer the darker, more evil-looking, version.
The next two show fallen leaves in Bend, Oregon. In this case, I think I prefer the softness of the lighter version. I added a light and a dark vignette effect to these two pictures.
The next two show a closer view of painted hills at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The first one is in soft pastel tones. The second one brings out many hidden colors. I like both because they show the varying “moods” of the mountains. It’s a great place to visit during different kinds of weather because the colors can recede or pop, depending on the conditions.