The story

Oh man, I sure do love me some leading lines… especially when they dissolve into the soft focus nothingness of Bokehville. I nabbed this shot a few weeks ago while roaming around the Southeast industrial area of Portland. Rest assured that I certainly do not take having access to these railroad tracks for granted. They offer SO much in terms of technique practice and experimentation.

I think we all have certain areas around where we live that offer up some unique opportunities in terms of growing and learning. Despite shooting these tracks many times already, I always find myself going back to practice something new. The important part is finding these locations near you and determining what they offer in terms of helping you grow your own photography skills.

In terms of processing

I stuck with an old favorite here – Blue Dawn Leonidas. I masked that onto the upper third of the frame, wherever the cooler tones appeared. Next, I applied some Return of the King to the remaining portion of the scene. Global additions of Tonal Contrast and Deep Forest Glow are present, too.

I then sent the image to FocalPoint and used three Focus Bugs to render that vanishing point out of focus. Both products are made by +onOne Software.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.2.

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