Ally Green  

Shades of Autumn by Ally Green

November 2020 - Shades of Autumn

About the Image(s)

I shot this while hiking in Lake Creek near our house in Colorado. It is one of my favorite hikes and is beautiful in all seasons with New York Mountain in the background. It had snowed a week before so there was a nice dusting of snow on the mountain tops. The aspens were just beginning to turn and i liked the contrast in this image of the yellow leaves of the aspens against the green of the evergreens. The only thing i did in post was put it into ColorEfex Pro with a skylight filter. F11, 1/160 ISO 400.

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9 comments posted

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
What a beautiful place to hike and live near. I love the transition of the colors from the orange in the foreground to the light green and yellow of the aspens and then the darker green of the fir trees. The color variations also enhance the ridges. I can't tell if there is any detail in the sky that could be pulled out. I sort of feel like I would like to crop out the gray sky but I also like the distant mountain peaks.   Posted: 11/07/2020 21:14:24

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
There's nothing like fall colors. I love the composition with the rolling hills and colors. I agree with Pam's comments and wanted to see if there was more detail in the sky. I brought it into LR and added some dehaze and a slight touch of blue. In PS I could have done more but even this little bit seemed to balance the image to my eye.   Posted: 11/08/2020 09:05:02
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Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Mike and Pamela for your suggestions. Hadn't thought to put a bit of blue in the sky but i like what you did.   Posted: 11/10/2020 12:55:38

LC Boros   LC Boros
I agree with Mike and would go even farther with the sky to create more contrast with the mountains: a filter to blue it up would go a long way.

I find the composition of this image disjointed. The lovely yellow draws the eye from the right to valley on the left but not additional element brings my eye easily out of the valley. Adding a punch of blue might help this.   Posted: 11/09/2020 22:48:20

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
The rolling hills bring calm and interest to the image. The yellows are lovely. Your choice of settings worked well for the shot. You have clarity from fore to backgrounds. I suggest that you bring out levels of the green and especially the sky. In my opinion they could be a small bit deeper. If not the greens, especially the sky. A simple levels adjustment would bring out the blue.   Posted: 11/11/2020 08:50:31
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Lisa will look at bringing out the greens as well as the sky.   Posted: 11/11/2020 14:59:39

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I am quite partial to diagonal liones which I feel add strength to a composition, so this presentation works for me. In my opinion, you have done a good job of showing the multiple layers in this mountain scene. The "party" of course is in the golden aspens, but I think some additioanl attention to the blues in the far background nd the sky would enhance the image. Like Mike, I think it needs some dhaze on the mountains and some clarity brushed into the sky. Otherwise, I find this a very visually pleasing image.   Posted: 11/11/2020 11:41:23
Ally Green   Ally Green
Thanks Sharon...will look at my adjustment levels for clarity and dhaze.   Posted: 11/11/2020 15:00:16

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Ally, this is a stunning image that captures autumn beautifully. The diagonal line of evergreen trees that bisects the image into the brilliant gold and subtle grey-green triangles is dramatic and eye catching. A polarizer filter on the camera might bring out a bit more of the sky and mountains, but I love it just as it is too.   Posted: 11/15/2020 11:29:21