This photo shooting was inspired by an article about "look-alike landscapes". As the name suggests, the landscape looks quite similar to the more famous one in a different country.
The Luminar preset combined with the Fuji greens could be considered "heavy-handed" colorization of Image #1 by some people. My intention was to make the colors really pop.
Image #2 is a softer edit of the same field (viewpoint is a slightly different angle) while still facing the same direction.
My photos capture the lavender fields in the Lippe district near the Teutoburg forest in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. These "doppelgänger" resemble the more famous lavender fields in the Provence region of southern France, which is over 1000 kilometers to the south.
While the lavender fields in Germany do not get the same intensity of sunlight as the fields in France, they do get more overall hours of sunlight.
The managers of the fields have given them the marketing name "Petit Provence". In 2015 approximately 50,000 individual lavender plants were set and they are farmed according to organic principles to create lavender oil and other related products.
It was a coincidence that we just happened to be in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for family matters while the lavender was in full bloom.
I took advantage of a break in the rainy weather and snuck away a few hours before sunset to this location which was only about 30 minutes away from where we were staying.
Normally, there are crowds of people visiting the fields, but on this nice summer evening I was almost alone because Germany was playing in the soccer world championships and everyone was home watching the game.
Except for a mother with her son. They were doing their own photoshooting with a mobile phone :-)
In post-processing for the final photo, I attempted blurring and admit it could have been more precise. However, if I had spent even more time on it, I doubt I would have gotten this blog published.
I'm currently trying to live by the motto: "done is better than perfect".