So I changed the theme. I’ve been mulling over a change for quite some time. While I like the minimalism of my previous layout, there were a few things that always bugged me: 1) the lack of visual history (displaying only most recent, and on one forward facing screen at a time), 2) no way to post more than one photo, per post, per page, 3) the squished area for textual content, and 4) links were buried at the bottom. I must have tried on a dozen themes over the last week, and finally decided upon this one. The only rub was that with my last theme, I inserted my images in medium size as the Duotone theme formatted to the same size. Therefore, most of the photos on my posts were greatly reduced when I converted to this theme, and there isn’t a clear way of digging into the archives and enlarging the images in one push. I found a few tedious workarounds, but for now, I just manually converted the last 20 post or so.
Above are a two more of Rock Chapel. This little sanctuary was largely peaceful. However, it was only peaceful once the birds left me alone. I had a sort of Hitchcock moment when I was setting up my tripod. Seven or eight crows came in with some raucous keening. It was a bit creepy and unnerving since I was deep in the woods at a hundred year old cemetery and chapel. The crows were then joined by two hawks. Either they were sending out some kind of warning, or they were engaged in some noisy hoopla over territory.
Both photos are in HDR, originally shot using a circular polarizer, and in 3 to 5 bracketed exposures. There was a slight overcast that day, so I slapped on the polarizer to get more saturation out of the leaves. Again, I was going for some early autumnal photos. The compression on the blog made them a bit soft when I rendered the preview. Click on the photo to see them in full.