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Autumn colours

Autumn colours
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Copyright: Torbjorn Williams (TBW) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 28-80mm 1:3.5-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-07 5:45
Viewed: 3592
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture is taken on a small mountain behind my house. I went up there to take some autumn pictures when the sun broke through the clouds and created this beautiful backdrop to the trees. To critique myself: the sunlight might be a bit too burned out perhaps, but it is difficult to get the right exposure with such contrasting light. Perhaps it would be better to take two shots at different exposures and then merge them in PS?
Anyway, post processing was: saturating the colours and sharpening the leaves a bit and burning the dark clouds. Thats it :)

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Hi Torbjorn

Great work. All the techo stuff looks spot on. Good colours and nice to view. :-)

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-08-07 6:00]
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nice work there - yes the BG is a touch bright in places, as you have said yourself. But the colours are good and really show autumn well. You have a very nice foreground and a great midground, a good refelction and some really moody clouds.

As for taking 2 pictures, why? just take the one and use the RAW edtting tools to underexpose one and overexpose the other, with a little pp wotk the problem is resolved and you have 2 identical pictures that are easily overlaid and using layer masks, just show the bit of the underexposed one for the area of sky you want (we have the same camera)

Fantastic picture Torbjorn. Beautiful colours - the almost b/w background works perfect with the autumn colours on the tree. Very good dof and pov. The composition is just perfect. What a great job you did here.


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-08-07 12:04]

Hi Torbjorn,
Beautiful contrast between the grey and cold background and the orange leaves.
Well done and TFS

very nice autumncolours! Love the composition!'


I do the same as what Aramok recommends; merging one image developed two different ways. Another recommendation for such a shot is to get yourself a couple of gradient filters, like what Cokin offers. Gradient filters darken the top part of your photo but leave the bottom part as is, so you get a more evenly exposed picture that way.
Lovely FG tree!

Pleasure to eye!

Nice clear and sharp. Like the composition very much! This is a lovely shot, nice detail and beautiful colours and light.

Hello Torbjørn,
A lovely colour contrast between the autumn leaves and the snowy mountains in the back!
Beautiful framing of the scenery, very good feeling of depth!
Pablo -

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