Sandra Irwin  

Autumn Glory by Sandra Irwin

October 2020 - Autumn Glory

About the Image(s)

This Field Pumpkin (a species of squash) was shot with my Canon EOS Mark IV and my Canon 100 mm macro fitted with a circular polarizer. I used my new tabletop tripod, which I couldn't get to balance and hold very well at all and a cable release. ISO 2000, 100 mm f 2.8, 1/80 sec.
In LRC I reduced the highlights and increased contrast, texture, clarity, vibrance, and saturation, and I dehazed it a bit.

6 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Sandra. Very colorful fall picture! Liked the shades of green and yellow.
Just wondering - did you try a few other positions of the squash? Would like to have seen one of the squash heading up diagonally and covering up the one in the background. That might have allowed the whole squash to be in focus. I'm not sure the low horizontal crop presents the best for your shot.
Keep working at stabilizing the new tripod.   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:28:19

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
I love the shapes and shadows you have in the squash. And I really like the hint of fall leaves in the foreground. That sets the fall scene very nicely. The squash in the background is a little distracting. I would try either repositioning or removing it and using leaves as a backdrop.   Posted: 10/17/2020 17:29:22

Dick States   Dick States
I agree with the other comments. Great colors. I find the white in the upper left corner a bit distracting. I would like to see a little space around the squash, a little breathing room. This would allow you to move the position of the squash to provide a little better composition. I feel the image would have more impact if entire squash was in focus. With an object like this my eye wants to see more of the subject sharp.
You did good with the polarizer it removed glair off the squash and made the colors better. I see you used a tripod. when using a tripod with a subject like this, that's not moving, you do not need use an ISO of 2000. Great color.   Posted: 10/18/2020 15:51:22

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Sandra,
These beautiful colors scream fall for me. I find the bold ridge lines of the squash most appealing and think it was a good idea to draw attention to them. Also, the context added by the leaves in for foreground seem to further enhance the image. It is nice to see these bright, bold colors free of glare.

I also agree with the suggestions and ideas offered by the others.   Posted: 10/18/2020 16:27:09

Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
(Group 65)
I enjoy shooting gourds. They come in so many interesting/weird shapes and in beautiful fall colors. Congrats on the great use of colors in this image. I would love to see more detail in the gourd that is in the background, even if it was a bit more in focus, or intersecting with the gourd in the front. It, too, has great colors and texture.   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:22:42

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Thank you all for your comments! My biggest problem was my new tabletop tripod. It just wouldn't hold my heavy camera and lens without falling over. Thus I missed the opportunity to take a longer photo and get greater depth of field. I'll use another tripod next time!   Posted: 10/24/2020 15:50:03


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