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NatashaT November 18, 2015
Terrific shot!
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Badgrandad November 19, 2015
Beautiful image, great eye.
mikewunderbar November 28, 2015
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davidsloan November 28, 2015
Exquisite, rustic magic.
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katiehoggan February 14, 2017
Beautiful image??
jerseybrat611 April 25, 2017
It looks like a giant maple leaf is the cut out. Great shot!

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken on the way to Canmore, Alberta. I hiked up Mt. Yamnuka to a view point and saw these beautiful fall colors with a break in the foliage.
This was taken in the later part of the afternoon when it was partly cloudy. I waited for a cloud to cover the sun so that I wouldn't have any blown out portions of the trees from bright light.
The best times for photographing fall colors is in the morning light or evening light when the colors seem to glow from the lower light. I was lucky to capture the glow of the trees in the middle of the afternoon. Had I been there in the evening it might have been even more spectacular.
I used a Canon EOS 6D camera and a Canon 100-400 mm lens to zoom in to the trees from the viewpoint on the mountain.
I've often loved the look of the white bark on Aspen and Birch trees surrounded by the colors of their leaves. When I saw this opening in the foliage completely surrounding the white bark it was the perfect vision of this type of tree. And as a bonus, the opening is shaped a bit like the maple leaf, symbolizing our beautiful Canada.
I did some post processing in Photoshop to warm the colors a bit and slightly increase the vibrancy of the colors. I work with RAW files which always need post processing or the photos look flat and lifeless. I made this scene look the way I remembered it, as I admired the beauty from the cliff of the opposite mountain.
In my camera bag
I normally carry my Canon EOS 6D camera with me and three lenses: my 100-400mm lens, a wide angle 16-35mm lens, and a basic 35-80mm lens, all are Canon brand. I also carry a polarizing filter and a neutral density filter that can be set from 1 to 10 stops. If I'm shooting night photography I also carry a tripod and a shutter release cord. My 100mm macro lens comes with me in the spring when I photograph wildflowers.
In Alberta we often have very short periods where we can enjoy the fall colors before the winds come and blow the leaves off the trees. I recommend when a person sees the first sign of the leaves changing colors that they go searching for areas with lots of birch or aspen trees, within a couple of days of the color change. The birch and aspen trees are the first to completely change colors, and in the morning or evening light they positively glow!! Use a warming filter to make yellow leaves look more orange, or a polarizer to make fall colors pop. Alternatively you can change the white balance on your camera to "cloudy" to bring out the yellows and orange colors.

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