Vella Kendall  

Autumn in Vermont by Vella Kendall

February 2021 - Autumn in Vermont

February 2021 - Vella Kendall


About the Image(s)

Before Covid, we used to go up to New England every year for fall foliage. We have a small trailer and we would load up all of our camera equipment, the dog, and some reading material. This photo is from one of our trips. I have done many crops and settled on this one. I used to use auto ISO but have recently seen the errors of my way.

In Lightroom, I did a custom white balance, decreased the highlights, bumped the whites and decreased the blacks, boosted clarity and vibrance. I took it into On 1 to boost the color a little more and used HDR “ subtle for some contrast.

ISO 4000 70MM F/7.1 1/320

Canon lens 70-200F/4 II

Canon 5D III

8 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, great fall colors image. The foreground colors are bright and saturated, but the background looks washout and with a strong blue hue. I took your original image and did a slight different crop more in a Panoramic fashion, keeping a little of the green to give more depth to the image, and did work on the background to remove the blue hue and added some saturation and structure to the vegetation with a combination of sliders in adobe camera raw, specially the dehaze, and then with Viveza 2 and using adjustment point gave a little more structure to the clouds   Posted: 02/06/2021 11:52:12
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Yes, I see that the green foreground gives a nice balance. I tried to keep the mountains in the background less saturated look to give them a sense of the farness of them. I like the colors you produced in the middle layers.   Posted: 02/06/2021 13:57:21

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Vella, what a wonderful display of fall colours. It's funny and also interesting how we all see things differently. I think the foliage is the dominant subject in the image and my vision of the picture is to exclude the background completely, because I think the light sky and mountains pull the attention away from the subject. There is no right or wrong way to interpret the image. I do like your interpretation, and Isaac's variation on it. Your image has so many possibilities and I hope you don't mind me putting my spin on it. Incidentally, all I did apart from cropping was to use the Shadows/Highlights adjustment in Photoshop and then add a Curves layer to restore contrast.   Posted: 02/08/2021 10:44:43
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Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks, that really works. Less is more.   Posted: 02/08/2021 13:50:57

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Vella
I have seen many pictures of New England and the fall colours they always grab my attention and this image is no different it must be amazing to see in real life.I have no options sorry but I do like Guys version as it so concentrates the viewer on the beautiful colours.   Posted: 02/14/2021 09:28:20
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I have come around to everyone's opinion. Thanks.   Posted: 02/22/2021 13:35:23

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Shooting Fall color has always been a fascination of mine. Living in Buffalo N.Y. for many years provided many opportunities in the Southern Tier and trips to New England. That said I like the varied colored foreground however the washed out background is a distraction. Isaac and Guy have added strength to your image.   Posted: 02/22/2021 14:15:42

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks, I do agree.   Posted: 02/22/2021 20:35:04


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