Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.
― J.R.R. Tolkien
I look at a row of trucks, like the ones above and they make me daydream. I dream of hitting the road, perhaps doing a Route 66 type of tour to meander through Main Street USA. I dream of being in the backroads, just exploring and seeing what’s over the next hill. I dream of the windows down, wind hitting my face and it’s a beautiful day outside. Of course, I also dream that I could actually drive and park a big truck like that, although I didn’t do bad with my daughter’s Toyota Tundra!
The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.
― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
I love this quote, especially as my life is in change right now during my job search. It’s hard to be patient, but it is a good trait to have. So is staying encouraged. It’s easy to get disappointed, so it’s better if I stay focused on the acts of kindness people are doing for me, from strangers who are part of the process of looking for a new job to old and new friends who reached out to stay in touch.
Stacy at Visual Venturing does an ABFriday Forum, in which participants are invited to take a picture and do their interpretation of post-processing it. What you see above is my submission, using an original photograph submitted by Emilio Pasquale at Photos by Emilio.
I post processed this as follows:
- Correction in Lightroom for color, contrast, etc.
- Minor cloning out of some clutter in the foreground.
- Ran it through Topaz Clarity to clean it up and bring the colors up more. I ended up using Clarity Micro Burst 2.
- I further post processed it with Topaz Impressions, using Cezanne 2 with modifications.
- Lastly, I ran it through Topaz Effects, using the Pop filter and creating a border that used a color in the grill of the blue truck.
I actually did several variations (below). I liked both of them also, but the one at the top ended up as what I submitted.
Here’s the original: