It all started with a walk in the park on Thanksgiving weekend. I had hoped to capture some of the fall color in Toronto, so I took a short drive to the Rouge Park. The color was patchy, but there was color still on the trees (https://www.behance.net/gallery/20441195/A-walk-in-the-park). I parked in the Twyn Rivers parking area and made my way along the shore of the Little Rouge Creek, eventually coming back up on the road. Follwing the road, I crossed two small bridges, the second of which is seen below.
Based on the number of other photographers I'd seen in the area, this view of the bridge, valley and cliffs was a much-photographed scene. In fact, as I crunched my way to the creek's edge to set up, another photographer joked, "Oh, you don't want to shoot that, it's been over-photographed!" I laughed and joked back, "Not by me."
I tried a few slightly different compositions, planning - based onthe contrast of the scene - to shoot an HDR series. On a whim, I quickly snapped an image using Instagram, processed and uploaded the shot, commenting that I hoped Lightroom and my DSLR were up to the challenge of matching what Instagram did.
I was only half joking. I really did like the Instagram version. After editing and processing my base set of images, I decided to try and emulate my Instagram shot.