16 Nov 12. Nothing fancy or creative for today, but something both fun and perhaps seasonal. During our career in the military, we were especially fortunate to be stationed in Historic Bucks County, PA, an absolutely beautiful part of the country. Not far from us was a rural Colonial style shopping center located on a gorgeous farm. Every year at this time it hosted an open house with all the Christmas decorations one could hope for and a ceremonial lighting of all the Christmas lights. During our 11 years in that area we never failed to visit Peddler's Village for that festive evening. One year we were blessed with a light snow fall which really set the mood. During our stay in other parts of the country, west and south coasts, we never experienced anything to compare with it. The closest we ever came was a fair grounds in Frederick, MD which had an annual Christmas Craft Show where merchants came to display their crafts. On one of our 7 visits to that Black Friday weekend we also had snow. The MD show was nice, but it paled in comparison to the Peddler's Village extravaganza. This evening one of the local merchants in nearby Kingston, Henry's Hardware, had a very nice open house with dinner and music provided while one shopped for Christmas. It reminded us of our other adventures on the east coast and made my ponder as to why all the other merchants don't get together and put on a real first class show. As we were driving home I couldn't help but think how nice it would have been to have had some atmospheric conditions prevail to add to the enjoyment, say something like what we experienced yesterday when we had a beautiful ground fog beginning around 1630 and continuing past dark. We were coming home from shopping when we encountered it and Jan encouraged me to go shoot it. By the time we got home and I got the camera it was rapidly becoming quite dark, so I hightailed it down to my cousin's farm to see what I might encounter. My thought was that with all his cleared farmland there might be some nice fog hugging the ground. I wasn't disappointed with the fog, but I might have been better off had I taken along a tripod and not had to shoot hand held. On the other hand, had I been messing around setting up with the tripod I might have missed most of the shots as the light was fading really FAST and I had to work in a hurry. The result was that I got a few shots I liked and am sharing one of them for today's submission. The original had a bit of a color shift in it, something akin to reciprocity failure in film, so I did a little work on the capture. Starting with the original image, I made a dupe layer, cropped it to get a better presentation, and then removed the noise. I duped that layer three times and made three different renderings, using a specific plug-in. One version was to adjust the color, another to emphasize the color shift, and a final version in B&W to which I also added some micro contrast to bring out the detail in the structures. The three very different versions were created to see what I liked best. In the end I selected the greatly emphasized color shifted one, and the B&W one, with the B&W layer positioned above the color shifted layer. I then reduced the opacity of the B&W layer to allow for just a hint of color from the color shifted layer to seep through. Then I flattened it all, switched the color gamut to srgb, and saved it as a jpg. Nikon D300s; Aperture Priority; 18 - 200; ISO 800; 1/5 sec @ f/ 5.6 hand held.