Birds have been known for their migratory behavior, traveling between their breeding grounds and places that they spend the Winter. These flyways have many stops...
Since we are having our first snowfall of the season in my area, I thought I would post this image from last Winter at a nearby golf course. I had just shot this image of a snowy pond and was walking back toward my vehicle when I came upon what appears to be a family gathering. :-) I stopped a good distance away so I would not disturb their outing and zoomed in to capture the moment.
This is a single image that was tonemapped in Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. Afterward, the image was softened in PS.
We photographers can sometimes not leave well enough alone and this was one of the moments. I ran the image through Topaz Adjust and applied the "Dramatic" filter (found in the "Vibrant" collection). While this effect added more detail, it initially left me undecided about which version I liked best. In the end, the original soft look was my choice as it seemed to fit the mood, but I would like to hear your take on it.
Here is the more detailed version below.
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