The US is currently experiencing a heat wave like we haven't seen in a long, long time. More than 3/4 of the country has had near 100 degree temperatures. It's unbelievable! But, that's summertime! We here in Texas are used to that however. We can't go through a summer without hitting 100 for weeks on end. It's just the way it is. This year, though, hasn't been as bad a last. I think we got nearly 100 days of 100 degree temps in 2011. I don't think that will happen this year.
All of this heat reminded me of a picture I took last year when Eileen and I went to Cape Cod, MA. In Provincetown, I saw these boats sitting on the beach and it made me wonder how they got there.. Did they have a hurricane which washed them up there? Did the owners put them there for some reason? Or, like here in Texas, did the water dry up and land-lock them? I doubt the answers to any of these questions are, "Yes", but it would be interesting to find out why there are there. Anyway, it's something to ponder.
As far as processing goes, I used Nik's HDR Efex 2 with the defaults and then I did a little manipulation with Nik's Color Efex... I used a little bit of the pro contrast filter, the darken/lighten center filter, the graduated neutral density filter and little white neutralizer filter on the boat on the right. I also used Nik's Viveza. I used a control point on the clouds in the horizon to add a little structure and make them pop out a little more. Gotta love the U-point technology!
Let me know what you think and thanks for dropping by!