Keswick is a painting

I don’t like when people say a place looks like a postcard. It’s hard to explain. Believe me, I get the sentiment, but a postcard is too small and too derivative to appropriately transfer the energy you experience when in a special spot like Keswick.

In part, I believe my trip to the Lake District motivated me to purchase two DSLR cameras within 16 months of my visit. I had hacked my point-and-shoot Canon with software to allow for creating RAW files for HDR photography, but it was clumsy at best. Sometimes I got just two exposures when aiming for three or five. Other times I got the same exposure for all three frames (please excuse the photography talk). In short, I never knew what was going to come out of the camera, but I forced it to the edge of its capabilities in order to learn more about producing images. Most of what I wanted to do in Keswick fell far short of what was in front of me, and my little SX120, try as it might, strained to grab the detail, light and color that completely overwhelms you here.

Ever since, I’ve gone with a T3I or 5D Mark II to make my HDR photos. While still being a full believer in almost any camera (that actually works) being enough to produce quality images, that little extra something is often needed to recreate ambiance or atmosphere in order to put you back within the place. I overwrought the detail in this double HDR photo from my point-and-shoot. A painting treatment was what saved it from the scrap heap in the end. I’m happy it found its place in the blog.
Keswick is a painting
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