Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

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Last weekend I went on a photo trip with my "Sunday Morning Shooting Buddies" to Cuyahoga National Park, just over two hours from my home.  It was a great weekend and we managed to get in a very reasonable amount of 'shooting time' despite the very frequent downpours.

One of the things I discovered during the trip was a greater self-awareness of what I would have to call my photographic 'style'.  I realized that, even when making nature photographs, what I was really drawn to was the arrangement and organization of lines and shapes in the frame, even more than the specific subject matter.  That is perhap one reason why, despite the nature orientation of the trip, I found myself compelled to make some photographs underneath the trestles that support Route 80, the Ohio turnpike!

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Copyright Howard Grill


Today is the first time I have 'played with' the really very interesting Silver-Efex 2 plug in by Nik Software.  Version 2 really blows away the first version.  The original photo above was made using a black and white conversion layer in Photoshop.  I tried Silver-Efex Pro 2 on the image and in very short order was able to generate what is, in my mind, a more compelling image!

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Processed Using Nik Silver-Efex Pro