Last summer, thanks to COVID-19, instead of travelling out of the country for our vacation, we decided to rent a summer house for two months, far from our home city. It was different, much needed and very much appreciated. In the last few years, I felt the need to get closer to nature. Is it because I’m getting older? Maybe, I don’t know. Maybe. Whatever the reason, the summer of 2020 is full of fond memories. We will do the same this upcoming summer as we rented a summer house again but for six weeks only this time. Can’t wait.
Back to last summer. It was a very sunny summer, not too warm, not too rainy. I used to take a walk in the forest, each day, sometimes, more than once a day. Close to the summer house, along a small trail, there was this little cabin in the woods, standing there, alone, surrounded by big trees. I remember the smell, the sound of the wind hitting the forest. I took numerous pictures of this cabin. Inside, a bed, a table, a lamp, a singular smell of old wood, a cracking floor. It was a place to go alone, to think, to write, to just be. I didn’t spend the night there, even if I could, it felt a bit scary at night. See the following picture.
Behind the scene look
The header picture was in fact a series of seven images taken in bracketing mode where the exposure goes from -2 to +2 in 0.5 increments (or something like that, I don’t remember exactly the camera settings at the time). This series of images were then processed in Luminar’s HDR software to create a single image where the dark zones aren’t too dark and the highlights aren’t blown out. Then, I applied a few transformations to make the three organic structures stand out a bit more and add a dose of saturation. I brought the resulting image in Adobe Lightroom CC to make other adjustments on the luminosity, the perspective, and so on. Finally, I used a shortcut to resize the exported image to be 1500px wide to reduce its numeric weight before inserting it in this post.
Previously published on HEY World but somehow didn’t import when I moved the Series here on Substack.