Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

Salamanca; Just before Sunrise
Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

I love sunrise, it is a quiet beautiful time of day. I will admit that in my youth I was more apt to witness the sunrise as a close to a beautiful evening! But now, a little older, I awake to see the sunrise, and it is the beginning of a new day. Today, we headed out to photograph the Roman Bridge, and Salamanca Cathedral, but there was not much of a sunrise, it was cloudy and dark, the streets were wet with rain.  This was the best shot of the morning, I decided to give it a textured, painted quality and processed it using one of Kim Klassen’s beautiful textures. 

Yesterday was  texture Tuesday over at Kim Klassen’s she has offered another beautiful texture, and she wrote about perfectly imperfect, the acceptance of transience and imperfection. So it seems appropriate that her texture would be perfect for the imperfect sunrise that began our day, and the transience of the light. Her texture adds to the rough detail in the bridge, as well as the clouds in the sky.  Below is the original image, without the texture layer, for comparison. While each will have your preference, and there is not right or wrong, I am interested what you think of the two images.

Salamanca; just before sunrise
Salamanca; just before sunrise

19 thoughts on “Salamanca; Just before Sunrise

  1. Hi Janice,
    As is, I prefer the original for 2 reasons…. the textured layer darkens the image – perhaps a screen layer at 25 to 50% opacity would lighten it up if that is what you choose. Also the texture layer gives some of the sky a special look…. in my opinion it’s unfortunate that it is at both ends of the photo. Just my thoughts 🙂 As you said, there is no right or wrong and that’s what makes us all unique! 🙂 🙂 🙂


  2. I think in the original photo you can ‘see’ it is sunrise, the crispness in the air that tells of daylight coming …. the textured photo looks much earlier as if still in the night. Lovely photo by the way 🙂


    1. Hi Pix, thanks for your comments, the texture does give the image a darker look and feel, and it is hard to choose the better of the two. I guess it just re-enforces that textures can be a great addition, but I think we have to start with a strong image. 🙂


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