Dale Yates  

Autumn Scenery by Dale Yates

October 2020 - Autumn Scenery

About the Image(s)

Since we are now in the Autumn season, this is an image of autumn scenery taken at a local park. My desire is to contrast the brighter foreground with the darker, shadow background. I also wanted to use the fence as a leading line to guide the viewer's eye through the image. This image was taken in RAW format with Canon SL1, ISO 200, 28mm focal length, f/18, 1/5 second shutter speed. Post processing in Lightroom includes adjustments to exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, color channels, overall sharpness, and noise reduction.

6 comments posted

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
I really love the colorful time of Autumn for landscapes - your image showcases that with its warm, saturated tones. Compositionally, the fence is a nice leading line, although it isn't clear what it leads to. It almost suggests that there is a hidden surprise around the corner. The road heading off in the same direction complements that sense of something "round the corner". A poet would probably say it is winter.

Some of the highlights in the leaves look a little blown out to me. A polarizing filter might have helped with that, or you could have tried for softer lighting conditions.

The image definitely conveys a happy fall mood, and makes me think of pumpkins,apple cider donuts, and football. Nice image!   Posted: 10/06/2020 19:38:02
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Robert! I agree that some of the leaves are blown out and I should have used a polarizing filter. I usually do, but for some reason did not for this photo. Thanks for your insights!   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:13:23

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Yes, I agree with Robert on all accounts. The image felt empty to me without a point of interest beyond the beautiful fall colors. I hate to start out with a criticism, because it's actually a nice photograph. Despite some of the minor blown-out leaves, you tell a peaceful story here. It makes me wonder if a point of interest is really necessary. This is a question I ask myself all the time when composing my shots. Every imagemaker has a story to tell.
Nevertheless, I personally like the image. I like how the fence and the road lead to each other and offer, what Robert said, "something around the corner". That, "something" should be what the image is really about.   Posted: 10/14/2020 19:06:26
Dale Yates   Dale Yates
Thanks Dan! I agree that some of the leaves are definitely blown out and I should have used a polarizing filter. Regarding the matter of the point of interest, that is usually the big debate in photography. In a couple of the photography classes I have taken it was stated there can be a primary and many secondary interest areas. In addition one of the classes also stated that occasionally there can be no specific center of interest at all, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest. I generally agree with this, but usually try to have at least one area of interest. I believe that on the occasions of not having a defined area of interest in the photo, the viewer has more freedom in their interpretation, as in the case here where both you and Robert noted "something around the corner". Just my thoughts on this...thanks for your input and comments!   Posted: 10/15/2020 14:35:04

Gerard Blair   Gerard Blair
Personally I am always drawn to images that have clear quadrants and here I see three with a lovely diagonal pointing us to the center. The floor of leaves is a delight - I might have dodged the dark edges to give it more definition.
For me, the light across the path is a great transition point between the relatively light foreground and the dark wood beyond.   Posted: 10/17/2020 11:24:49

Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
I really love the colors in this image.

I agree with the others that some of the leaves are a little blown out. Could this be corrected in post?

Without being there it is difficult to know but I wonder if moving a little to the right might have made a nicer leading line out of the path so both could draw you around the corner.

As well I might burn the shadows under the branches to create more depth and more of a 3D look.   Posted: 10/17/2020 19:12:41


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