Shirley Pohlman  

Fall at Plum Bayou by Shirley Pohlman

November 2019 - Fall at Plum Bayou

November 2019 - Shirley Pohlman


About the Image(s)

When we think of Arkansas, we think of mountains and hills, but there are other glorious areas away from these mountains—like the bayous of the flat lands where rice and cotton are grown. This is Plum Bayou SE of Little Rock that loves to show off its colors of the cypress trees turning and the yellow flowers. I do not know what these flowers are, but I think they come at summer’s end.
Nikon D610, 28-300 lens at 145mm, HDR of three shots at f/14, .3 sec, .4 sec, .5 sec, ISO 100, aperture mode, manual focus, tripod mounted. The photos were merged through Nik, and then edited in Lightroom to adjust the orange and yellow saturation, B&W clipping, dehazing, straightening, and adding vignette. In Photoshop I removed the part of the blurry leaf in front of the left tree and added a border.

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9 comments posted

This is really pretty. I think it would make a perfect wall print. I can't really see your original because it is too big. But the final image is so good - can't think of anything to suggest for improvements. It looks like a painting.   Posted: 11/02/2019 16:32:12
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thank you, Laurie. I appreciate your comments. I have sent the "original" in the right size now so that you can see it.   Posted: 11/02/2019 20:46:19

Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
This belongs on a wall - it's gorgeous. The edits you made draw the color out perfectly. I didn't realize there was so much color in a bayou.   Posted: 11/02/2019 17:59:57
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thank you, Brenda. The bayous with the cypress trees can become a wonderland when the needles change colors. Of course, this one is especially beautiful with the yellow flowers. It takes your breath away when you see it in person.   Posted: 11/02/2019 20:48:27

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Thanks for such an inspiring image and effective use of HDR. The back-lit background is so effective after the edits. The third tree from the left has the blurred green leaves in the foreground but took me a while to notice, so I would leave as is.   Posted: 11/10/2019 22:37:14
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Piers. If I ever decide to print this, I will need to try to get rid of those blurry leaves because it does bother me!   Posted: 11/11/2019 10:50:11

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
Very nice picture.I like it because in Texas,we have Caddo Lake I like the reflection.   Posted: 11/14/2019 18:45:19
Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Thanks, Hun. I used to live near Caddo Lake and love it there. Wish I could go back some time now that I have a real camera.   Posted: 11/14/2019 19:47:02

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Nicely done, Shirley. I love HDR images and this one is a great example of what HDR can do to a scene. Following on with Laurie's comment, maybe try a painterly filter to really make it look like a painting.   Posted: 11/15/2019 17:52:50