I arrived home last week from my most recent stint in Dubai. I wanted to capture the feel of the skies here, so different from the almost constant blues over the UAE. I took Pippa out for an early morning walk and was really looking to photograph the fields. I had my Canon, a new wider angle zoom and my tripod. This photo' was almost a chance shot, in that I had finished looking east over the fields towards sunrise, and was just sorting my gear out. I brought the dog in and made her sit in front of the camera and this was the result.
The tripod enabled a slower shutter speed and so a deeper depth of focus. I ran this through Lightroom for some post processing and upped the colour and clarity a little, lightening the foreground and darkening the skies with separate graduated filters. I also lightened and sharpened the dog a little. This photo drew some really positive comments on FB so I thought I would drop it up here. Arguably it is over processed, with a close to HDR feel, although it is one shot and not a combination of exposures so not an HDR photo.
This and a few other photographs I have taken are close to accurate representations of what I was seeing, although clearly 'sparked up' a bit with post processing. What it gives is not so much a 100% accurate representation of what I saw, but a 100% accurate representation of how what I saw made me feel.