Today’s picture is a heavily Photoshopped image of the rolling hills near Tejon Pass as you cross over the Grapevine on Interstate 5. I took a bunch of these, thinking the play of light might be interesting, but when I got home none of them really appealed to me. Then I did some experimenting with the color, eventually turning the sky a bright blue and the hills a bright gold—and suddenly I liked it. As always, your mileage may vary.

February 16, 2018 — Tejon Pass, California

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