I decided I liked this image of the old non-ever-green California oak in the Pinoche Valley. So, I went to work on it.
A bit of tone mapping to even out the exposure. That makes noise, so de-noise the image. Save as a tif. Run it through Lightroom and Photoshop for finishing touches like clarity, color balance etc. Tone down the saturation. Sharpen a bit.
Voila! Nothing to it!
Thanks to my old friend Lorraine up in Canada for the title "The Tree of Life."
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