This is the folly in Tryon Palace’s garden, built in a Greek revival style. A folly is a building built for outdoor garden decoration, usually impractical and extravagant. Follies are typically placed in open areas that provide vantage points for deciding where to explore next.
I enjoy garden follies, especially when I’ve been walking for a few hours. They provide a nice place to rest for a bit. They’re also ideal photographic subjects.
I wanted to give the photo a hazy, slightly dreamy look, so this picture was ideal for trying out Picasa’s soft focus feature. I find that soft focus works better if you sharpen the photo first.
This is the sequence used to edit and soften the original photograph, below:
- Film Grain
- Soft Focus
- Museum Matte
- Auto contrast
- Auto color
- I’m feeling lucky