Get out of dodge

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Getting away from the house even for just a few days is great for recharging your state of mind. That said, my wife and I are not very good at doing this, as we let the house and/or work consume most of our weekends. And before you know it, Monday slaps you in the face. Due to a four day Veterans holiday weekend, my wife planned a two-day bed and breakfast get-away in New Smyrna Beach which is about 1.5 hours away. Having never been there, we had no idea what to expect, although visiting the Ponce De Leon Inlet lighthouse was on our to do list. What can I say, we love lighthouses. After checking in Sunday afternoon, we went out and explored the area and came across an outdoor art festival. With only one hour left to the festival and the daylight fading fast, we visited all the booths when I came across this colorful bicycle parked near the entrance to a restaurant. With the sun setting on the horizon, I cranked the ISO up to 800 and shot a dozen or so frames with my 12-24mm lens from several perspectives. This image was my favorite. I used Nik's Viveza to tweek the brightness and contrast, and the tonal contrast filter in Color Efex Pro. I was very happy for this unexpected photography opportunity as Monday (our only full day in New Smyrna Beach) was pretty much a bust as it rained the entire day. Always be on the lookout for the unexpected.

 

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