Jon Allanson  

Autumn Colours by Jon Allanson

January 2020 - Autumn Colours

January 2020 - Jon Allanson


About the Image(s)

Taken at the beginning of November at Yew Tree Tarn in the UK Lake District on my Fuji XT2. Auto processed in Lightroom then transferred to Photoshop - Hue & Saturation layer to increase saturation in the reds and yellows “ into Nik Colour Effects to increase detail “ then a gentle S curve to increase overall contrast and High Pass filter applied. Further masked curves were applied to darken and increase texture in the sky and to the base to increase detail in the water. Then a final levels layer to make sure that there was a complete range of tones.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
You did a great job bringing out the fall colors in the trees and the reflection. The crop helps a lot. It would be nice if you could have added more "life" to the sky.
I do like it.   Posted: 01/09/2020 14:01:23

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Oh, Jon, I'm so confused about the degree of saturation to use. I love the pop of red here. I just heard a judge talk about photos being over saturated. I like it but just wondered if you had feedback from other judges/contests.
He would have agreed with Renee about the sky detail.   Posted: 01/10/2020 09:38:14

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
The degree of saturation is difficult to define - I would suggest that making it look as if illuminated with warm early morning sunlight is about the level I would stop at, if it looks un-natural then you have gone too far. I would suggest that you experiment with altering the yellow saturation levels, as this has quite a strong effect on greens and oranges.   Posted: 01/13/2020 02:38:16

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Congratulations on your excellent control of the saturation. Your image looks natural and lovely. Way too many shots of fall colors and sunsets are overdone in post-processing.   Posted: 01/15/2020 18:28:43

Jan van Leijenhorst   Jan van Leijenhorst
Beautiful soft colors, with the reflection in the water the center of interest. The green shrubs in the foreground provide debt to the image.Well done.   Posted: 01/20/2020 14:22:35

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
I think you have brought out the colours well to show effect of late afternoon light. Saturation level is Ok by me, but close to the limit.The reflection is shown well and is nicely framed by the foreground bushes. Not sure you need all the sky.   Posted: 01/20/2020 22:45:26

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Very nice colors and a nice simple composition.. not sure you need the sky at all, perhaps crop a 3rd the way down.   Posted: 01/21/2020 09:33:13

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Sorry I am late in commenting, I just got back from a photo trip. I really am enjoying this photo, and you have done an excellent job with the color saturation. From your post processing I can tell you know your way around Photoshop. Have you thought of replacing the entire sky? My husband has a collections of clouds and skies, he regularly uses since we live in Seattle where grey will dominate. Keep it warm and I think you have a keeper here!   Posted: 01/21/2020 11:03:25

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I can considerably strengthen the sky by making a selection of it and putting it in a new layer immediately above and then applying a multiply blend.   Posted: 01/22/2020 05:33:32
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