Archive for November 5th, 2009




Copper and Old Gold

One of the benefits of this Pic of the Day project, for me, has been to force me out in all weathers and all seasons, around my local patch. I can mind a set of images from a trip to a more exotic location for just so long, and then I am out. That makes me take the camera and get outside, even if it means just another turn around the loop trail at Rachel Carson NWR two miles from my front door, or a walk on the beach at the end of our road.

And one of the results of this local exploration has been to make me much more aware of the unique New England light. I suppose the fact that I spend a lot of time, generally at least one trip a month, much further south adds to my awareness. The sun in southern Maine is always low in the sky. As winter comes on, the shadows never get short…and the light never cools.

This shot was taken just before 3PM, and already the light has that late day look. Which only adds to the cooper and gold display of the oak leaves. This is a pretty simple portrait of the colors. I simply looked for a cluster of sun-lit leaves that formed an interesting pattern and had an acceptably uncluttered background. This tree was growing down a steep bank at a deep bend in the Little River so I was at eye-level with the lower big branches and the best of the foliage…and the the bend opened out and curved back behind the tree so the nearest background was 200 yards away and in deeper shadow. That makes the sun-lit leaves stand out even more.

Sony DCS H50 at 300mm equivalent for framing and to put the background out of focus. F4.0 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100. Programmed auto. It is in shots like this that I am thankful for the H50s image stabilization.

Pretty basic processing in Lightroom. Blackpoint right. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Rachel Carson NWR Seasons.