David Kepley  

Fall Colors by David Kepley

November 2021 - Fall Colors

November 2021 - David Kepley


About the Image(s)

I took this picture a couple of years ago in New Hampshire. I was looking at a hillside covered in this wonderful foliage. I wanted to capture the breadth of colors one can see in New England. I deliberately did not include any sky to keep your focus on the splashes of color. It was an overcast day, which is why I had to shoot it at a high ISO. Does it work for you?

Settings: Canon 7D, Mark II, Tamron 24-70mm lens shot at 63mm, 1/250 sec at f14, ISO 6400. I just used basic LRC adjustments.

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8 comments posted

Cindy Bilinsky   Cindy Bilinsky
The fall colors taking up the entire image is beautiful. The greens of the evergreens help to bring depth to the image. The color adjustment helped to bring all the fall colors of the leaves out. A slight crop of the foreground to take out the dead evergreen trees with no needles might tighten this image a little.   Posted: 11/04/2021 16:19:54
David Kepley   David Kepley
Cindy, I like your idea of a slight crop on the bottom to crop out some of the dead evergreens. I kept in the evergreens to give an anchor to the picture and to contrast with the fall colors. Thanks!   Posted: 11/04/2021 20:07:44

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
If your goal was to just capture fall colors this works nicely. I would likely make a nice calendar image for fall. Your processing of the colors worked as well.

I do wonder why the trees look a bit soft. Since you were shooting a subject (the trees) at the infinity setting on the lens, you could have decreased the aperture and increased the shutter speed. A faster shutter would have offset either wind or camera shake. I put the image into Topaz Sharpen and it said there was motion blur.   Posted: 11/05/2021 12:30:22
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks for your sharp eyes, Larry. I'll run it through Topaz Sharpen!   Posted: 11/05/2021 15:35:57

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
I too think you achieved your goal of capturing the trees on their gorgeous colors. It could be a little sharper and Topaz should fix that for you. I think you done well in your post work bringing out those beautiful colors. You made New Hampshire proud.
  Posted: 11/06/2021 09:37:39

Bud Ralston   Bud Ralston
Hi David: This is one of those interesting shots that lends itself to many options in post-processing. I might try taking out the bare needle fir trees, increasing exposure to brighten the photo even more, and then applying a blur or fog effect to give it a more abstact look. This would be a fun one to play with.   Posted: 11/06/2021 12:11:25

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
I think you did a fine job of bringing out the colors in the image. I might try cropping a little bit off the bottom. This would make a great Thanksgiving holiday card!   Posted: 11/18/2021 10:51:26
David Kepley   David Kepley
Thanks Michael, I like the idea of cropping some off of the bottom.   Posted: 11/22/2021 13:55:16