The Sun Breaks Through

The Sun Breaks Through, originally uploaded by Thomas Gehrke.

Another shot from southern Illinois.

This was a good test case for trying out the Topaz Simplify filter.  So after some curve adjustments, I applied the filter and then blended some of the original details back in.  I like the effect since it really emphasizes the shape of the leaves and reduces the tree trunks to simple, dark bars.  I could get all existential on you, but I won't.  ;)