The Road to Canada
The Road to Canada – HDR image, ISO 800, 35mm (equivalent), f/8, 1/350 sec. Fujifilm X100S
The Road to Canada
In April I packed up everything I own into a U-Haul and moved back home from Chicago to Victoria, British Columbia. I had just finished a Round-the-US road trip, and to be honest more driving was the last thing I wanted to do. I tried to get it over with as soon as I could by driving steady and stopping as little as possible. I did not stop often enough to take photos of the journey and I do regret that now. I have driven from the Midwest to British Columbia and back a total of four times. Each time I drive across I am amazed with the beautiful scenery along the way. Just once I would like to make this trip with a feeling of leisure. I want to be able to stop more and take time to capture what I see. Except in North Dakota. There is nothing to see there.
I processed this image into HDR using Photomatix Pro. I blended it back into the original RAW file using Photoshop. the original RAW file had been converted to black and white using Lightroom. The sky is the HDR portion of the image and the ground is the edited RAW file. I removed the pesky sign that was near the right hand side. It cut across the horizon in a un-harmonic way. I need to start paying more attention to things like that sign when I am shooting. I feel I need to work at getting better with capturing my original images. I want to spend less effort making corrections in post processing.
Here is a copy of the original unedited file.
Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com