Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall colors are here to capture!

Fall colors are everywhere!  There is no need to travel to exotic locations to capture fall colors.  [Although if you have the opportunity to travel, go for it!]  Most areas in the northern hemisphere are filled with abundant color! The first picture I took in our front yard.  The two very large trees are silver maples that tower well over 100 ft in the air.  [Since our house is only a one-story house, both these trees dwarf the house.]
The image was post processed in Lightroom 2.1 using the Nikon vivid profile and clarity set to +20.  Blacks were increased to burn in the 'shadows'.
The second image is along a ‘paper’ road that borders our property which I keep cut for us to walk and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation!  Each season brings a different set of 'color' and enjoyment!
 All the images were shot hand-held.  However, many times I am kneeling or using something as a 'prop' to steady the camera. 
The third image was taken in Buttermilk Falls [within seconds from the rte 18 exit off the PA turnpike near Beaver Falls].  I traveled past this for years before I realized it existed.  I saw a small sign for 'Buttermilk Falls' and finally one day last year I decided to stop and explore the area.  WOW! Was my first reaction.  Although the water falls is small compared to 'recognized' falls, it is very relaxing and a haven for many visitors.  [There are many other images from this area on my site.]
I took the third image hand-held but I was leaning on a log to gain some support.  I used the Nikon profile D2x and adjusted the color tone in the white balance. Clarity is -100 to obtain the 'dreamy' effect.  
Shutter speed: 1/20 second
ISO 400
As I get older [not that I am old unless you are 10 and think over 50 is old :-)], I find there is so much beauty within seconds-minutes of my front door.  I am in awe of the beauty of God's creation and find it very difficult to understand why others cannot see God's handiwork in it.  There is no doubt God is the Master Painter!
As always, get out and enjoy the beauty of God's creation and capture it and share it with others! 

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