This morning, my "Bonsai Rock" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.
This image was captured at Lake Tahoe during my recent road trip from Chicago to California and back. My first challenge in creating this picture was finding this location! The road runs well above the shoreline, so the rock is not easy to spot. The other challenge was parking. People were parked along the highway for at least a mile in each direction of this area. As night approached, the parking opened up. Once I parked, I had second thoughts about making the very steep decent from the road to the lake. With the help of a hiking pole, I finally made it.
I used an extremely long exposure to capture this image. The shutter was open for 14 minutes!
I also practiced some newly learned processing techniques. Those techniques include new methods for dodging and burning, using luminosity masks to control the light more precisely and color channels to tweak the colors. Additionally, new sharpening and noise reduction methods were applied to this image. I'm relieved that the picture met this test!
This marks the 33rd time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past three years.