Wind Cave State park that is. I think it is a state park and not a national one. I could look it, but we know that I’m not going to. It sits on the borders of Custer State park in the midst of the Black Hills.
These guys were off of my favorite old dirt road that winds through the hidden parts of Wind Cave. Not hidden, if you are daring enough to see where all those dirt county roads lead, but alas….not everyone does. Those roads go on for days and if you are not careful, you could end up lost. Me, I live by the philosophy that I may not always know where I’m going, but I always know how to get back home. It might take me a bit longer than it should, but I always find my way back. Besides you miss out on things like this if you don’t take a chance explore. I’ve included two versions of the same pictures, because well….I was feeling a little down. I like to share my vacation trips and the Black Hills takes the weekly uploads and shares them for votes to declare a “best pic” of the week. Someone that views the photos, always complains about photoshopping and editing the pictures. They want the raw and natural picture. I totally get that. It just makes me feel bad, because I do tend to edit my picture through Photoshop. I rarely make a great deal of changes, dependent on what I’m trying to do with the picture. I mean, when I’m feeling exploratory or ambitious…I might play around with different filters and what not. For the main part, I usually just make a few minor changes to brighten the picture up and make it pop. This picture is an example of that. I really just enhanced the colors. I didn’t change the colors. I didn’t add anything that wasn’t already there. Just enhanced.
The original photo (the second one) is not horrible. It is just a raw photo and wasn’t as vibrant as the actual scene. So, I did tweak it bit to make it pop (the first one). I would hope that would not demean what skill I have, but ….maybe I am wrong. What are your thoughts?
Also, I hope that my ramble did not detour anyone from the pictures themselves. My post through vacation didn’t fair well and I was unsure if my rambling had anything to do with that. I hope not, but alas…I cannot change that.
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Montana Rose Photography