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Badlands in Black and White

Friends, i know this looks like a moonscape, but it is a black and white image of the badlands of North Dakota, one of our favorite places to visit.  I shot this photo at an aperture of f/16 to get the great depth of field, but every time i looked at it, it  looked like a jumbled mess. no clear subject was evident.  Further analysis revealed that the foreground was really the subject.   So i made two layers, blurring the bottom layer and painting away the top sharper layer to reveal the blurred layer underneath.  I had used this technique earlier to produce bokeh in other images.  I also converted to black and white to further simplify the image and emphasize the rugged topography of the eroded landscape. What do you think? did I succeed ? til Tomorrow MJ

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