I took an extended walk at Stone Mountain, Saturday, 6 September, primarily to get some photos of the yellow daisies, that bloom around this time each year. I took the connecting trail that starts just below the walk-up path, and connects to the Cherokee trail, and found an abundance of them in a relatively short time. For the photos, I used my Nokia Lumia 1020, which handles close-up shots reasonably well, though sometimes the auto-focus can be tricky. Here’s one shot which I played with a bit in Photoshop.
This one is cropped, but otherwise I didn’t retouch it from the original.
For this one, I increased the red slightly, and was reasonably satisfied with the results.
This one was darkened a bit from the original.
Finally, I combined both effects, increasing the red, and darkening the exposure slightly.
Out of the four, I’m most satisfied with the last one, though just darkening the photo brought out a bit more contrast. Of course, it always helps to start out with a reasonably decent original.
G. M. Lupo (ISNI: 0000 0005 0315 9196) is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he has always had a dysfunctional relationship with his hometown. His most recent published work is the story collection Reconstruction (2020), part of his series of Atlanta Stories, which includes Fables of the New South (2017). Along with his novel, Rebecca, Too (2018), and his full-length play Another Mother, these constitute his Expanded Universe of Fictional Atlanta. He has also released a collection of essays, poetry, and stories entitled Words Words Words (2020).
He was the winner of the 2017 Essential Theatre Play Writing Award for Another Mother which had its world premiere in his home neighborhood of West End in August 2017, in the building that once housed the library where he learned to read as a child.
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