This is more processing than I normally do with a scene. I had exposed it as an HDR series, but while the resulting image had nice tonal values to work with, the breeze blowing the mosses made everything look pretty horrible when enlarged to any degree. I even tried negative clarity to combat this, but it never worked the way I wanted. (There’s no substituting real fog.)
This was an image of opportunity. We stopped at this refuge mostly to get off the highway and get some lunch. It was 2pm and, for the most part, pretty sunny — hardly the best conditions for a serene setting, but I thought I might be able to do something with it.
So this is a single image, but I made a local correction to the roadway to tone down the exposure to balance better with the rest of the scene. I keep making new versions of this in Lightroom and perhaps one of these days it will match my vision for it. We’re getting closer.
5D Mark 2, 70mm, f/8.