I was all set to use this image as one of the official images for the Pictorialization Project.
Originally, it was in color but I felt like black and white really made the trees show off their splendor.
I had even tweaked the image to contrast the trees even more.
I used a filter on GIMP I don’t use much: “erode,” where it shrinks the lighter pixels.
I liked it. But I never stop until after I’ve applied and tried a number of different things to an image to see what I like best.
Well, there was one I hadn’t tried before. It’s called “lighting effects.” There are a number of different options within this filter. I chose to apply the “environmental one.”
I was in for a surprise. It instantly became the image I wanted to use. I don’t know why.
Now, maybe you’ll like the first image better (Rich, yeah, I’m talking to you, haha). However, I prefer the second one.
I am not sure why. Maybe the image took on a new, comforting mysticism or I like the new depth. Not sure. I just know I like it.
It also fits with a haiku I made up when I was hiking along the Appalachian Trial last weekend.
Sweet Mother Nature
A Provider and Shelter
Bathe me in your light.