Our Alaskan cruise stopped at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. This sumptuous garden started as a limestone quarry. As the stone was exhausted, the Butchart family transformed the quarry into a renowned floral display that almost a million people visit per year. It is on the list of National Historic Sites in Canada.
Both Victoria and Butchart Gardens were a delightful stop on our cruise. The gardens are exquisite and the manicured grounds couldn’t have been more of a contrast to Glacier Bay. Unfortunately we didn’t arrive until late afternoon, so I was rushing around taking as many photos as I could before dusk.
You can see how dark the original photo was, below. I experimented with some Picasa effects to brighten the photo. I also occasionally use the Polaroid frame just for fun, but in this photo it helps disguise how dark the photo really is.
The steps I used are below:
- I’m feeling lucky
- Fill light
- Auto contrast
- Auto color
- Tuning to both darken shadows and lighten the photo slightly