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Fall Leaves



A shaft of light falling on some fall leaves in a grove of trees in northeast Texas.

A shaft of light falling on some fall leaves in a grove of trees in northeast Texas.
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Behind The Lens

Location
About 100 meters from our back door in Elderville Texas.
Time
Late afternoon after I returned to the house from the day's work.
Lighting
There is a few acres of woods behind the property that opens up into a hay meadow. I had my back to the lowering sun and it was high lighting these fall leaves. I liked the color against the bark and the background.
Equipment
The image was taken with a Nikon D800E on a Manfroto tripod. It would be a lie to tell you that this was all-natural light. I did some work in photoshop with the light and color before posting this on View Bug.
Inspiration
Karen, my wife, and I often go for walks together in the woods behind the house carrying various amounts of camera gear. We go looking for photo worthy scenes and this bit of fall color was taken on one of these walks.
Editing
Yes, the leaves were lightened and saturated. Then I used the Orton effect to make them glow a little. There was also some selective focus and out of focus areas I managed in the image using both Lightroom and Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I usually have two camera backs available to me, a Nikon D800E and a Nikon D750. I have a variety of lenses including Nikon 16mm fisheye, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8, a Nikon 28 - 300mm Zoom, a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. I also carry when I anticipate seeing wildlife a Signa 150 - 600mm Sport Lens. I usually have my Manfrotto tripod with me and a variety of filters.
Feedback
Go for walks in the woods and view things through a photographer's eye. Play games with the rules of composition and challenge yourself to take what appears to be a mundane scene and make it look special. Remember you always have the tools of post to use to help.

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