We need the tonic of wildness...~Henry David Thoreau
2012 - Day 35. Feb. 4, 2012.
I took this shot earlier this week on a snowshoe hike on one of the trails within the town limits. I had just turned onto Deer Trail, (honestly), to head back to my vehicle, enjoying the view of the field and ski hills beyond, when right on cue, the deer emerged from the woods. Although deer are quite plentiful, it amazes me to see these beautiful creatures in populated areas.
I didn't post the shot earlier because frankly it's a poor photograph. The conditions were dull, dark, and flat, with so much moisture in the air you could almost grab it. I had my 24-105 lens on the camera and I was simply too far away to capture sharp detail. Yet, I couldn't relegate the shot to the trash bin. I've come back to it every day this week, looking for ways to overcome the weaknesses and salvage the strength. Today I decided to stop trying to make the photo into something it wasn't and just go with what was already there. I flattened the contrast and detail even more, boosted the vibrancy, (not quite the same as saturation), and bumped up the blacks. I'd liked the composition from the beginning, and I'm satisfied with the painterly quality of the processing.