Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA  

Colorado Fall by Rick Cloran, HonPSA, MPSA

January 2022 - Colorado Fall

About the Image(s)

This one stems from driving on some back roads heading from the Dallas Divide up to Aspen after the last Colorado Springs conference. It is based on a six shot manual bracket. Sounds odd, but I started at 0.6 sec and kept increasing the shutter speed until I no longer had anything touching on the right side of the histogram. Everything was shot at F22, iso 100, Canon 1D MK IV, 24-105 L lens at 47mm. I went back to scratch on my processing. The raw files were processed through DxO Raw to generate dng’s. The basic blend of the dng’s was in Aurora 2019 with some manual adjustments to the sliders. That Tiff went into Photoshop for basic processing in the Camera Raw Filter using the new masking functions to control sky, mountain, and color range selection. Sharpening and burning in a couple of areas as well as tweaking the yellows (to keep the apparent lighting looking realistic given the cloud) were done in layers in Photoshop using luminosity and color range selections. So, yes, a fair amount of “sculpting” after the initial blend. I know some will want more contrast on the mountain but given the mass of cloud over it, I didn’t feel that looked “right”. Marilyn likes the color palette and tonality but feels the mountain is too dominant / massive in the center.

7 comments posted

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
This is gorgeous! It would look awesome large, like 40x60, over a couch, or larger in a hotel lobby

The only thing possibly for improvement I can see is the birch trees on the left look at little gray to me   Posted: 01/05/2022 16:06:27
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Hi Lisa, Thanks. I agree completely. I did some dodging there but then doubted myself thinking that I created a light area near the edge of the frame and so I removed the adjustment. I'll see if I can find a happy middle ground.   Posted: 01/05/2022 17:37:15

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Rick, I haven't seen color like that in a lot of years. Gorgeous! Living in Florida has some advantages but fall foliage is certainly not one of them. Would really be streach to change anything. Were you on a rise, highway or hill as you seem to be elevated? Perfect positioning. Nice job Rick.   Posted: 01/09/2022 07:56:37
Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
Tom, On a slight rise in the road for this area. Very much "backroad". All dirt and even having squeezed off to the shoulder as best I could there was barely room for another car to get by let alone any trucks. Happily, we only saw one other car on a nearly two hour journey from one paved road to the next.   Posted: 01/09/2022 08:43:04

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Beautiful image! Also from Florida and a visitor to CO once, I have seen a splattering but not that much yellow! Good catch by Lisa, from other photos I have seen, those trees are normally pretty white.   Posted: 01/18/2022 08:54:21

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Rick you did a masterful job. Your process has brought out every detail and nuance of the fall color. This is a great candidate for a metallic print.   Posted: 01/18/2022 14:49:18

Max Burke   Max Burke
Nice color from Colorado. Aspens are one of my favorite trees to photograph. We have some good groupings, but none like your image. I will need to use one next round. I agree this would make a nice large print. I feel the sky may compete some with the main subject so could have had a small crop near the top to, in my thinking, balance-out the image better. You must have had a great day shooting the beautiful areas in that part of the country.   Posted: 01/18/2022 15:36:56


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