Last evening, we spent some time with my husband’s family. We couldn’t go out with them on his actual birthday, so we headed over to Waynesville to go have dinner with them.
I had not yet chosen my Christmas Photo for today. But, I figured since we were doing the hour-drive to Waynesville, and we’d be downtown again, I would check out some storefronts for the perfect photo.
As a side note, I am seriously considering moving from the boondocks back to civilization, but that’s a whole ‘nother topic. But, I am rather sick of the two-hour-round-trip drives that we make several times a week.
In any case, after we ate some delicious food at the Sweet Onion, I headed up the street to seek out some Christmas forage.
I found it!
This storefront was all decorated with Christmas trees and snowflakes and snowballs.
However, I didn’t like the “white balance” on it and there wasn’t much contrast when I first snapped the photo.
Heading to my wonderful GIMP program, I changed the contrast, added some monochromatic blue color, and a pastel – yes, pastel – gradient and voila.
I seriously love photography and the design part of it, too. And dang it, why did I wait until I was 33 to figure it out!? I wish I had figured this out when I was 21.
Life experience does that to you, I guess.
Here’s the original exif data on the image:
ISO – 800 | 45mm | f/5.6 | Exp. comp.: +0.7