Emily Kawasaki  


Autumn by Emily Kawasaki

November 2021 - Autumn

About the Image(s)

I took this photo on the bank of the Moose River (facing north) in Port Leyden, NY. I took the photo at 4:21pm ET on November 9, 2021. I took the photo using my Galaxy Note 9 (which actually has a pretty good camera considering it's a smartphone). The ISO is 50, the f stop is 2.4, the shutter speed is 1/1050 sec., and the depth is 4.30mm. Post-editing in Lightroom includes decrease in highlights and slight increase in clarity, shadows, and whites.
I was on a day trip to the Adirondacks with my mom and two mutual friends to see the autumn colors, and we stopped along the way to admire the river, which runs parallel to Moose River Road. It was a very bright day when I was shooting.


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11 comments posted




Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Emily,
Yes, recent smartphones camera perform well. It provides convenience and flexibility in capturing the scene.
I think this image is well captured considering the fact this is taken by a smartphone.
The composition works well - placing the stone in foreground, main subject in the center, and background help to emphasize the depth.
The cloud action is very nice. It hints the autumn.
I also like the contrast - green vs. autumn colors.
Only critique is that the title is "autumn" but the main trees (main subject) is in full of green. I feel a bit of disconnect.
I prefer to see the main trees are in autumn colors.
  Posted: 11/09/2021 06:30:39
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Haru. I agree, Autumn usually brings to mind more red/orange/yellow leaf colors (and the pine trees stay eternally green). I sometimes struggle with naming my images, so I'd be curious to know what you or others might title it.   Posted: 11/22/2021 16:10:07



Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Emily. You've captured a very nice autumn scene. Your composition feels very well balanced and it is also a balanced subject, with the dominant evergreens complemented by the smaller but autumn touched trees in the background. It is also good timing with the clouds which give the sky interest. To me all it is missing is amazing light. The light is still fairly high and bright, and lacks the warmth it might have had a few hours later. Have you tried it as a black and white? Often this sort of lighting is fine in a B&W, where a little lack luster in a color image. Otherwise, I don't have much to add - maybe darken the sky a bit to help pull the viewer to the main subject.   Posted: 11/11/2021 06:39:43
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Robert. The scene reminded me a bit of a Japanese garden (-¬庭’, nihon teien) with the stream, rock placement and collection of trees. I edited it as a B&W image and had trouble deciding which of the many B&W presets looks best. So, I am curious which one looks better. I attached the 1st version.   Posted: 11/22/2021 16:18:57
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Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Here's an alternate B&W version.   Posted: 11/22/2021 16:21:41
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Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Emily
My thoughts were very similar to Roberts. I rarely take an image in daylight. I almost always take a sunrise or sunset image. The softer light adds much better color and shadows are not as harsh. I like your composition and the clouds in the sky. I wonder if the trees were really at that angle or if it is distortion from the wide angle lens in the phone. In my version I darked the top of the sky and the rocks which looked a little over exposed to me and I straightened the trees a bit.   Posted: 11/12/2021 18:10:35
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Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Cheryl. It is hard to tell with trees, since they were growing on top of the rock and may have grown in angled for more support and/or to reach the sunlight more directly. I like how your edit brings out some of the darker rock texture and colors.   Posted: 11/22/2021 16:25:58



Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hi Emily, as often said, the best camera is the one you have with you. I'm glad you had your smart phone. IMO your composition is quite good, and colors are also good. As stated before, the light is a bit harsh, but in post, can be negated somewhat, which I've tried. B&W can be a terrific way to use harsh light but won't give you autumn colors. I used LR profiles and presets to soften the light, but I'm sure Luminar can do the same.   Posted: 11/15/2021 18:29:58
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Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Bob. I agree that the scene looks nice in B&W, but does lack the colors that make autumn so recognizable and lovely. I like how your edit deepens all of the colors a bit more and brings out the fullness of the pine tree on top of the rock.   Posted: 11/22/2021 16:28:09



Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hey there Emily, you handled the bright, mid-day light nicely. I'm a bit of a blue-sky, mid-day snob and hardly ever photograph during that time but you have made me rethink this attitude.
Your framing works nicely in portraying a peaceful setting. I would never know there's a road nearby. It looks as if you simply paddled up to this scene, admired its beauty and took a shot in order to hold on to that feeling a little longer.
Your greens balance well with the blue sky background.
This image feels a little oversharpened to me which may be due to the increase in Clarity. Other than that, I have no criticisms. It's a nice moment in time, which I think you are very talented with capturing.
  Posted: 11/20/2021 16:56:23
Emily Kawasaki   Emily Kawasaki
Thank you Dan. I also usually shy away from bright mid-day light as it can hit or miss, depending on the scene. Plus, I am usually working during the day on weekdays, so it's only on a weekend days that I get to see mid-day light "in real life". Here's the image edited with the Clarity decreased. It makes the pine tree a bit fluffier looking, but decreases the details of the rock. So, I will try to play with it a bit to find a happy medium.   Posted: 11/22/2021 16:37:04
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