Thinking outside the box
I find myself shooting in the same place often. I'd rather not, but on weekdays after work that's just how it works out for me. In some ways it's good, because it forces me to get really creative or I'll lose my audience as they'll simply get bored of the same beach photos. Today was another gorgeous day down at this particular beach, but I found myself poised to take the same old photos. In fact, there's a huge stump that washed up on the beach long ago and it pretty much stays in the same spot. I struggle to find a photographic use for this huge thing every time I am down there. More often than not, I delete the photos I take involving Mr. Stump. It just doesn't photograph well for some reason.
Well today I think I finally reversed the curse of the stump. As I walked by staring at the thousand-some-odd pound thing, I remembered the clouds off in the distance. Could I position myself to make this thing look like a volcano? Sure, why not! The end result was the image below, which is growing on me. It's probably not going to win any contests, but considering what I had to work with, I think I snapped a keeper. By the way, this is probably my first ever completely unedited photo. No cropping. No color enhancement. No manipulation. What you see is what you get. All I had was my ND Grad filter on my 18-135mm STM.
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