Carol Sheppard  

Fall on the Kancamagus Highway by Carol Sheppard

November 2019 - Fall on the Kancamagus Highway

November 2019 - Carol Sheppard


About the Image(s)

The settings were f10, 1/100 sec., ISO 100, 14mm. It was handheld; I used my Olympus OMD-1 mirrorless with a 14-150mm lens. My goal for the trip was to ONLY use the Olympus--so I went without my Canon, and was very pleased. I did all of my editing on this one in Lightroom, with global adjustments to black and white point, followed by local adjustments with shadows and highlights, burning and dodging.

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10 comments posted

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
This is a fantastic scene and the composition is perfect to my eye. Great fall colors, running water and a nice bend in the stream leading to the bridge and hills. I went a different way with the processing. I wanted the eye to be led down the stream and in your processed image I felt somewhat anchored to the bright rocks in the foreground. I was also bothered by the darkness of the trees on the right, that weren't that way in the original. I dodged and burned and added clarity and texture to the stream, attempting to darken the foreground a bit and lighten an area leading down the stream. I also added a slight vignette.   Posted: 11/05/2019 19:15:30
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John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Carol, I think you image is full of wonderful detail and has a very pleasing composition the leads me through the scene. I agree with Mike's approach as a better alternative for dealing with lights and shadows. I feel your image is a bit too bright on the left bank and that there is too much shadow on the right bank. I like shadow. I perhaps would keep some. But, that is personal taste. I find my eye pulling to the left, while in Mike's version I see everything without any visual impairment due to bright vs. shadow. Wonderful scene.   Posted: 11/10/2019 12:48:19

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 60 & 80)
Totally agreed; not actually sure what happened! I didn't darken the shadows from the original, or reduce exposure. Not to mention the bridge being so tilted in the final pass. So not sure what produced the end result that got posted. Let me see if I can repost.
  Posted: 11/10/2019 15:01:38

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 60 & 80)
I do believe, the two got mixed up somehow. The original is posted as my finished product, while the one that shows on our site as original is the changed image. Oh well.   Posted: 11/10/2019 15:02:38

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
Well then, let me tell you how much I like your original original. You have handled shadows and contrast well, bringing out good color on both sides of the water. The sky is beautiful, and the clouds have good texture in them. This is a wonderful view of fall foliage.   Posted: 11/10/2019 19:15:05

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 60 & 80)
Thank you, Lisa. I am afraid I just took too much onto my plate between September and October, and my images are a mess!! I organized so carefully, but something has happened to them. So, hopefully everyone can just switch the images in their viewing!!   Posted: 11/10/2019 19:47:38

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I believe the switch was my fault. I just went back to the files you sent and see that they are switched. I am very sorry for that. I could change it right now, but I think if those who have not commented as yet read the dialogue it would be confusing.
In the REAL final image you have done a good job of bringing up the shadows and enhancing the fall color. The sky also is more appealing. The only suggestion I would make ahs to do with the foreground. Those large rocks right at the bottom od the frame almost feel like a visual barrier. I would crop above them. The next row of rocks does ot have as much visual weight, so for me do not have the same effect.
  Posted: 11/12/2019 11:47:59

Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
(Groups 60 & 80)
Interesting observation about the rocks--I will try it.   Posted: 11/12/2019 15:47:03

Tom Brott   Tom Brott
A very pleasing scene. I have to agree with the shadows of the right bank and the brightness of the left bank. I do like how Mike did remedy the image presenting a more balanced light. It didn't bother me initially but I can see Sharon's point about the foreground rocks creating a barrier.   Posted: 11/18/2019 14:20:48

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
You have captured a wonderful display of autumn colors. The composition is terrific. I prefer the original image to the processed one. The blue of the sky and the detail in the right side of the image are more pleasing to my eye. I agree with you that you probably mislabeled the images.   Posted: 11/21/2019 19:36:17