It’s was an awesome journey.

The Bruce Trail in Ontario covers over 800 kms (about 500 miles). The south terminus is in Niagara Falls, Queenston Heights Park. The north terminus is at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in the town of Tobermory.

Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  It is one of only fifteen such reserves in all of Canada.

It is entirely built and maintained by volunteers for the purpose of protecting the Niagara Escarpment, the most significant land form in southern Ontario.

This photo is from the Hamilton, Ontario area of the trail.

The kicker…

This was taken 11 years ago on October 30, 2000 with a 3.1 megapixel point and shoot camera.

I was somewhat surprised when reviewing the exif shooting data expecting it might have been shot using one of my first digital SLRs, but no. A simple fixed lens point and shoot dinosaur. It sort of drives home the point made with the You Can Create Point and Shoot Magic! article.

Always work a “copy” of your original photos.

Two things will always change:

  1. Your editing skills
  2. and editing technology.

You will always get better results working on an untouched original digital photo, then one where the pixels have already been pushed around.

Some editing savvy helps too.

Of course there’s always some editing magic!

It’s a JPEG opened as Camera RAW. Know where I’m going with this? Yep, created 3 exposures in the PhotoShop RAW editor, then off the Photomatix Pro HDR Tone Mapping / Fusion using those exposures to be blended together, maximizing details.

Now, back to PhotoShop with a little Clone Stamping to fix some minor hot spots (blow outs). Then some very selective light Dodge and Burn for contrast in the cracks of the rocks. Just about done with a touch of selective color desaturation and saturation. Lastly, the final topping is the Smart Sharpening.

Thanks again for dropping by. If you have any questions or comments, you’re always welcomed to share.

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