Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC  

Autumn In The Black Hills by Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC

October 2021 - Autumn In The Black Hills

About the Image(s)

This image was shot on Tuesday, October 5 while at the PSA conference near Custer State Park. I was attracted to this scene by the strong backlighting and how the aspen leaves glowed. I used my iPhone 12 Pro Max, Raw image I used the Touch Retouch app to remove some clutter in the upper left corner and finished up in Lightroom Mobile.

6 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bill, never underestimate the complexity of simplicity. You have mastered the KIS (short of KISS) principle. This is a perfect reproduction of the actual light conditions and colors at the time of the creation of the shot (I was there) The tree stump is guiding us directly to the sun. Nice composition.   Posted: 10/06/2021 22:58:44

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
Beautiful composition and colors. You were able to really capture a beautiful natural moment.   Posted: 10/07/2021 15:44:32

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Lovely, the dead tree helps to frame the sun. We are in Vermont now for fall foliage but, Aspens are in their own class.   Posted: 10/07/2021 15:53:00

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I wish I could have been there. It would have been good to meet up. I have a friend who used to run photo workshops and he once commented that nature is never tidy so we should look for the beauty in natural complexity. This is a superb example of that, with the mass of backlit grasses and aspens showing golden yellow against the blue sky. Well composed using the sun as the visual focus, yet safely shielded by the dead tree. This also shows the high quality of modern phone cameras.   Posted: 10/08/2021 04:05:51

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Bill
I love the leading lines in the foreground they grab you eye and take you straight to the explosion of colours this is not only e very powerful image but a very very powerful composition it just draws you in this is good beyond belief for me.   Posted: 10/12/2021 15:25:40

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Bill, for me the colors and the brightness of this image are strong points. To my eye the leading lines are not strong enough to hold my eye at any one fixation point. In the VF I placed the image into Viveza and slightly decreased the brightness of the foreground grasses while increasing the contrast injury order to make stronger shadow lines.   Posted: 10/14/2021 08:19:26
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