Murphy Hektner, APSA  

Mountain Ash in Autumn  by Murphy Hektner, APSA

November 2023 - Mountain Ash in Autumn

About the Image(s)

DATA: Nikon D700 with Nikon 200mm macro lens on tripod - ISO 1250 - 1/500 @ f/8 - in shade with blue sky above. Post Processed in Elements 2020. Cropped just slightly. There was a bit of a breeze, so boosted the ISO somewhat so I could use 1/500 second shutter speed to stop any plant movement. In shade with blue sky above; so the auto white balance original came up a little on the cool side. I adjusted the Kelvin color temperature to a slightly warmer value so the subject appears more realistic in color tone.

Maker’s Aims and Comments: Mountain Ash is a medium sized shrub which in the autumn season its leaves turn vivid fall colors. The orange berry clusters add a nice point of interest to compliment the fall color leaves. This is an alpine variety that is found at higher elevations in the Cascade Mountains.

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6 comments posted

Mo Devlin   Mo Devlin
I like the blending of shades of red. Very subtle but enough to make the berries pop of the image. Great job. ;)   Posted: 11/02/2023 09:57:49

Raymond Tice   Raymond Tice
Murphy - you did great - great color, nice composition with a leading line branch in the lower left and a smaller on on the lower right. Just last week, my wife and I were hiking on a segment of the Appalachian trail over the top of a bald in the NC Mts (these balds have lots of low lying vegetation, high grass, a few trees, occasional rock cropping) but the occasional mountain ash with their red berries made the scene very special. Thanks for sharing this photo. Ray   Posted: 11/02/2023 15:29:19

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
A lovely image the leaves make a nice background for the sharp berries with the still green leaves adding extra interest   Posted: 11/05/2023 16:48:40

Dan McKenna   Dan McKenna
I really like the complimentary shades and warm tones. My Mt. Ash here on the Olympic Peninsula just lost all of its leaves, but he Robbins ate the fruit earlier. Well done.   Posted: 11/08/2023 14:45:38

Gaetan Manuel   Gaetan Manuel
Sharp foreground, blurry background, that's nice!. There is a red tint on the green leaves. Is the colour on the leaves natural or the result of post processing or other 'artefacts'? Pure green leaves would have been a good colour contrast with the background and berries.   Posted: 11/18/2023 08:35:31

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
The beautiful colors of autumn.
The green leaves bring an interesting "other color" in the red. A kind of contrast not only of color, but also of "live" between the leaves that have already changed of colors and those that didn't yet.
I like the composition of the stem and the berries.   Posted: 11/21/2023 02:10:24