One day at a time…Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering. ~Unknown We are now out of the town of Arco do Pino as tall, weathered trees line our path through the Spanish forest. The moss and vines give the woods an eerie appearance. We find the orthopedic surgeon and fiancé along our way and discuss history. He could be the next Rick Steves type tour guide. The path seems to be cut down into the ground with a wall of rock alongside us. A gentle haze settles in the bottoms. The path lends itself to variety today as we hike though thick woods, open valleys with gentle slopes, easing our way toward the end. I could speculate that the red, white and blue circle on the photo is an orb of some paranormal being, but I know it’s only lens flare from the sun trying to pierce through the clouds. Quiet walking today as we culminate our journey with reflective thoughts. I really should start raising my own chickens, but I’m not crazy about the butchering part of the process. Functional or decorative? Here come the Spanish girls! We take one of their “last day” group photos for them and we all go on our merry way. Camino on a bike? Nope, not for me. Getting closer…anticipation. Slow down! I don’t want this day to end, quite yet!
This is a blend of 2 images.
♦ The background is of prairie grass near a small slough facing the sunset during the last minutes of the summer solstice. Camera was set at aperture priority 2.8 / 70-200 Canon L lens / Canon 5D Mark 2 and focused on the grasses in the foreground with flare from the setting sun. The background is straight out of the camera with no editing.
♦Top image of the child was taken earlier in the same evening as she was walking on a gravel road using the same camera at aperture priority 2.8 with more direct side lighting. I did some touch-up with the face blending and softening the highlighted area on the side of her face, lightened the shadow detail and used Kubota action, Golden Delish. Dragged image to the background and opacity was decreased to allow the background grasses to show through and used the eraser tool to blend the transition between the two images.