Hey there blogging family :). How’s your weekend going? As I promised myself, I have been having a “me” weekend with as few chores as possible and tons of reading, snuggled up on the couch. It has been wonderfully relaxing, and I feel totally content.
You may recall that Mikey and I went on a photo walk a couple of weekends ago. Other people from the walk have been posting their photos on Facebook, and the leader of our group posted a shot today of a scene that we had experimented with and discussed during the walk, so I decided to post a similar shot of mine. It was taken looking out over a section of the Elora Gorge. We were standing in a heavily treed and therefore shady area, and the scene through the trees ended up looking extremely blown out because the sun was so bright. This was also handheld because I didn’t have enough time to set up a tripod. I tried different angles and exposures, and after a little bit of editing (because I seriously only know a little bit about editing LOL) I have a result that I’m pretty happy with. It’s not perfect by any means, and if I had more time I might have considered HDR, but I think it’s still a beautiful representation of Fall. What do you think?
gorgeous–you have quite an eye
Why thank you my friend :). It was a tricky one.
It is beautiful. Well done Cindy.
Thanks Edith :).
OK, you asked what we think…there are programs (one of my favorites is by Nik) that let you work some HDR magic from a single image, and this would be a perfect subject for that. Even if you’re not planning to do extensive after-capture processing, I’d strongly recommend that, when you’re shooting images like this one, for which you have high hopes, you program your camera to bracket several shots with different exposures, so that you can capture enough information in both the deep shadows and the bright highlights that you can combine into a final image that can provide what you visualized when you were at the location. If you don’t have access to that software, I’d suggest opening the single image that you used in your photo-editing program, going into a histogram, and moving the slider toward a somewhat darker exposure without deepening the extreme shadows, and then increasing the saturation by 10-15%. Hope this helps, Cindy!
Thanks Gary :). As always, you have fabulous advice. I did actually get some bracketed exposures, but I just can’t afford the software right at the moment. One day though. I will try your other suggestion though. You’re the best!!
Ooooooh! This is absolutely beautiful!
I’m glad you liked it Dor. It was my first time participating in this photo walk, and it was a wonderful day full of learning and new friends.
I think it turned out pretty good! Nothing there that needs apologizing.
And if you want some help with your stained glass photos, let me know and I’ll help you out.
Thanks Nancy :). I appreciate it. Yours are so beautiful!
I think it is a brilliant photo depicting fall… that is one of the reasons I keep away from landscapes… I just don’t have the knowledge of settings… ending either with an over bright shot or totally under exposed…even using auto setting I still seem to get it wrong…
You’re so right – auto isn’t perfect either! I am learning, slowly but surely. If I could just win the lottery and quit my job, I would have all the time in the world and I could become an expert with my camera LOL!!
This photo shows why fall is my favorite time of year.
I don’t mind fall if it’s sunny because then even a cool day can be pleasant, but our falls here are too short, and this year has been rainy and gloomy.