As far as I’m concerned, one of the my favorite ways to convey a path in a scene is via its curves. Although, I guess it also depends on the context, too. For most scenes, even those that meander way off into some unknown vanishing point, curvy paths, trails, and roads offer visual interest and curiosity. It instantly engages the viewer because the viewer must now process the curve in the road. The eyes see a curve, the mind begins to analyze how it curves and where it leads to.

Voila! The imagination has been engaged.

When I was shooting this pathway flanked with beautiful wildflowers, I had plenty of options on how to convey it. There were plenty of straightaway stretches that could have been interesting but I found this particular curve to be most appealing. By starting in one corder and then sharply turning through the frame and terminating in the opposing corner, the eye is forced to travel through the entire frame. For me, this is a critical step to try and achieve. It also helped  that I deliberately changed the original color and tone of the path so that it stood out from the surrounding grass and flowers.

It’s something worth exploring when you’re out shooting any sort of path or road. Don’t just take it at face value. Search it and find the parts that sing louder than others.

In terms of processing
Pretty straight forward here – all done in Perfect Effects 3 by +onOne Software. Vecchio was used on the path itself. Some Green Enhancer and Daily Vitamin were used on the entire image, along with a tiny amount of Deep Forest Glow.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.1

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