Balsam dotted spring field, cloudy morning
spring for me here for the past few years has been synonymous with tulips (an hour away @Skagit Valley – witnessing the Tulip Festivals) and I was hoping to break that cliché. I had read many good things about this part of the Columbia Gorge and made a day trip to visit the Columbia Hills State Park. The Balsam Root and Lupines were almost at full bloom and it was a beautiful sight.
Unfortunately this place is also very windy and that plays havoc in trying to get a sharp image. I think I ended up boosting up the ISO to 1600 for this one, which added some noise and yet there is wind blur. Now it might be a matter of personal taste, and on second and third look, I have come around to not mind it much and sort of like it. I will dig in to see if I have one without the motion blur.
Also, I suspect I need to do one of those monitor calibration thing I guess. I am seeing a relatively darker version on now, on a different monitor than what I edited on !
Updated the picture as the original was appearing too dark on viewing