Top image of january 2018

I started this new series of articles last month, each month an overview of top performing posts and/or images. With a bit of a delay, due to the “family first”-rule, I present to you, my top image of January 2018. A picture of a row of trees in wintertime against a soft red and blue-grey near sunrise sky.

I want to share with you a bit more about this picture, about the what and where and how I created this image. A lot of people that follow me think that I often take a few hours out of my day to drive and walk around in search for great photos of landscapes and such. But nope, that’s not how it works 🙂 As I’ve said before, family first. So most of my pictures are taken while bringing the kids to school, or driving to the office. And this one is the same.

I try to always carry my small and handy, yet trusty and great Fujifilm X-M1 with XF 35 f1.4 (love that little lens!!) gear with me. However, when I see that the weather isn’t really promising to throw in any photo opportunities, I sometimes tend to just leave it at home. And such a day it was this morning. But boy was I mistaken. And boy did I regret not having it with me. Luckily, I nearly always have my also trusty iPhone 6 in my pocket, so I took it, and fired up Procamera to take the picture below in the HDR setting.

As far as post processing goes, I don’t tend to use a lot of filters. Well, almost none actually. What I will do, is tune up the color saturation a bit (ok, I admit, sometimes a lot!), and fiddle a bit with the shadows and blacks, and/or the contrast. As I said before, I regret not bringin my Fujifilm, as the quality of the iPhone picture after editing is a bit too low, but all in all, still a great picture that I like a lot.

The picture did not only score best in Instagram, but also on 500px.com, so I guess it must be pretty good 😉

Or you can view the same image on 500px.com and follow me there too 😉

Trees against a painted background by Bjorn Beheydt on 500px.com

 

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