Fairytale country

I may have gone a bit over the top with the HDR edit, but I just really kinda fell in love with the preset called "Granny's attic". It felt so appropriate for the scene.

And yay, it's not a filler!

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on yesterday's shot. :)

PS. Here's a b&w edit of this shot I just added in Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joahonen/9489803252/in/photostream/
Love the processing! Fav!
posted August 11th, 2013  
instafav!
posted August 11th, 2013  
ok - so here's the thing... as a shot intended to represent the landscape / countryside, yes, i do think the HDR is a bit much... but as an image intended to convey magic and fantasy, i think this is stunning and have fav'd as such :)
posted August 11th, 2013  
@gillg Thanks soooo much! :)
@jsw0109 InstathanksverymuchSir! :D
@northy Yes, I agree. I was going to go with the more natural look, but thought I'd try out a few other presets first... And the story of the image changed totally. I think I'll do a b&w version of this, too, because it looked pretty darn good as well. ;) So much more interesting than the natural look. ;)
posted August 11th, 2013  
@northy Yes agree amazing magical image
posted August 11th, 2013  
@pennymilner I've been driving past this little bridge occasionally, every time thinking I need to stop and shoot it one day. Today I finally had the sense of pulling over and taking a few shots. I really like how the scene became something totally different with the strong edit. :) Glad you like it, too.
posted August 11th, 2013  
Agree with @northy . Fav for me too.
posted August 11th, 2013  
@hehe1308 I'm very much in agreement with you all. :) Thank you. :)
posted August 11th, 2013  
Sometimes HDR type effects are too much but it works beautifully here! Love the dramatic effect!
posted August 11th, 2013  
@ingrid2101 Yeah, I'm usually not that much into HDR, just because it's often way too much. But this time I did shoot triple exposures because the sky's drama had to be captured at the same time as getting all the reflections and all on the tiny river. So, HDR was the only option - I just didn't think I'd go with the drama version of it... ;) But it works for this one.
posted August 11th, 2013  
Lovely shot.
posted August 11th, 2013  
@hopelessromantic Thanks, Peter! :) Glad you like it. :)
posted August 11th, 2013  
HDR is often synonymous to cranking up the saturation, love the muted tones in this one! Would love to see the cabin too.... panorama ?
posted August 11th, 2013  
Fav. I think you have the edit just right. Lovely muted colours and so much detail xx
posted August 11th, 2013  
@janim You notice everything, don't you? :D The tiny cabin was mostly hidden behind bushes and if I had gone for a much wider shot, some ugly silo thingies would've been visible. Otherwise a splendid idea. :)
posted August 11th, 2013  
@psychographer I'm so glad you like it! I think the amount of details adds to the unreal, fairytale look of it. :)
posted August 11th, 2013  
I love it! Fav
posted August 11th, 2013  
Great detail and you processed this to perfection! Fav
posted August 11th, 2013  
Fabulous HDR shot, love the processing! I love the black and white shot on Flickr! Fav
posted August 11th, 2013  
Lisa was talking about this pic on the discussion boards when asking about processing (HDR) ...this is so wonderful to look at and look at and look at...fav
posted August 12th, 2013  
Very nice, and I thing I like it even more in B&W!
posted August 12th, 2013  
Gorgeous shot! I have Fav'd it and congrats on getting it to the PP.
posted August 12th, 2013  
stunning
posted August 12th, 2013  
Tim
I love it Johanna such great detail and tones. Wonderful processing. Fav from me.
posted August 12th, 2013  
What a magical place! Well captured!
posted August 12th, 2013  
@suesmith @amyspada @elaine55 @espyetta @mijade @steampowered @houdiniem @timrox @kwind I'm sorry for the mass thank you, but I'm just going to have to tell you all that I'm so very thrilled and happy about all of your favs and comments that put this little scene on the PP. :) It's been a while since I had anything there. ;) Thank you. XX
posted August 12th, 2013  
This is probably my favourite preset in HDR Efex.
Love the curve of the river. Lovely shot & edit.
posted August 12th, 2013  
@humphreyhippo I don't remember using it before, but it certainly fit this shot! Will be keeping it in mind in the future, too. :)
posted August 12th, 2013  
Beautiful landscape with fab light.
posted August 12th, 2013  
@lepi Thank you. And to think it's just a bit of ordinary rural roadside landscape... Only the bridge is a bit more unusual.
posted August 12th, 2013  
Very dramatic capture,love that sky
posted August 12th, 2013  
Wonderful processing to create a sense of magic -- I like granny's attic for that effect.
posted August 13th, 2013  
Quite a fairytale view. Great capture.
posted August 13th, 2013  
@craftymeg It was quite wonderfully cloudy, those clouds weren't some bland little wisps, either. :D
@taffy It sure made a huge difference! I was going to go with the deep coloured preset, but this was soooo much more interesting. ;)
@daisyjuds Thanks so much, Judith. I'm glad you like it.
posted August 13th, 2013  
A stunning capture, beautiful colours and processing. Fav!
posted August 13th, 2013  
@genesis_one Thanks so much, Corrie. For the follow as well! :)
posted August 13th, 2013  
Saw this on the PP, wonderful view so well captured and composed, I love the processing too, really beautiful photography.
posted August 13th, 2013  
@streats Thanks so much for stopping by, Ian. I appreciate it and am glad to hear you like the shot, too.
posted August 14th, 2013  
I think the HDR really brings out the detail, it's almost illustrative, great tones too.
posted August 14th, 2013  
Excellent! I would fall over backwards if I came across a little bridge like this. Wonderful processing - what software do you use - Nik's HDR?
posted August 15th, 2013  
Oh my, this is lovely. The muted color is what makes it for me. Where is a little girl with a red hood and a basket of goodies when you need her?
posted August 15th, 2013  
@big_al Thanks, Alex. I just ordered a rather good sized art print of this shot, it might look even more illustrative as a print!
@russianblue Hehee, I didn't fall over, didn't even swoon much. :D But rather forcefully slammed the brakes, took a sharp turn to a bit of possible parking space and backtracked my way to the bridge. :) It's a cute little thing.
@spirrowshoot Probably visiting one of your shots, I would imagine. :D I'm looking forward to seeing this printed. Asked for Hahnemühle's German Etching paper, it has a bit of a structure and a creamy base colour. It'll be interesting. :)
posted August 15th, 2013  
Did I say that this is fav? absolutely!¬
posted August 19th, 2013  
@frida :) I appreciate it, Frida. Thanks. :) I'm getting a print of this done now, will be picking it up at the end of the week. Looking forward to seeing how it looks. :)
posted August 19th, 2013  
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