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10/28/2010: second helping of fall

One of the advantages of my travel schedule is that I get to experience extended springs and falls. Just as the foliage show is over in Maine, the last week in October, I always travel to Cape May, New Jersey, and, most years, the foliage in South Jersey is just at peak. Next month, just before Thanksgiving I will be in the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico. Fall is more variable in New Mexico than it is in New England, but about 3 out of 5 years, my visit catches the cottonwoods along the Rio Grande at their golden best. Spring is even more stretched for me, beginning in January in Florida, Feburary in Southern California, etc. I even occasionally catch Arizona’s second spring in August. 🙂

This is, according to my map, Ludlum’s Pond. Route 347, just north of where it comes back into 47 in Dennis, crosses the west end of it, and I have stopped several times on the way from Philadelphia to Cape May to photograph the foliage. This year the weather was chancy…with rain, thundershowers, and even a tornado warning in effect…but when I passed by the pond, it was no more than heavy overcast and a kind of watery light. With an HDR treatment, the weather actually shows the foliage to better advantage than full sun would have. Good thing, since that is all I had to work with.

HDR, in this kind of light, allows for a richly textured sky, while keeping enough light on the foliage and reflections to make for a very satisfying image. IMHO.

Canon SX20IS zoomed to about 48mm field of view for framing. Three exposures, auto bracketed, with the center moved down 2/3s EV. ISO 160.

Exposures blended and tone-mapped in Photomatix. My tone mapping in Photomatix is never extreme because I know I am going to do final processing in Lightroom: A bit of Recovery for the sky, some Fill Light, Blackpoint right, added Clarity and a touch of Vibrance, and Sharpen narrow edges preset.

And here is a more open, wider angle view, of the other shore. Another three exposure HDR.

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5 Responses to “10/28/2010: second helping of fall”


  1. 1 Wendy Hollands
    10/28/2010 at 6:36 am

    wow gorgeous reflections!!!

  2. 2 Donna
    10/28/2010 at 8:14 am

    I like the dark skies; they make the colors of the leaves pop in a very beautiful way.

  3. 10/28/2010 at 12:04 pm

    Very nice – not overdone.

  4. 4 Phillyjazzdoc
    10/28/2010 at 8:16 pm

    I love that whole run of Rte. 347/47! And when the fall foliage is peaking…breathtaking. And to top it off, you have a greT chance of a 1000 day of hawkwatch at ‘The Point’!!!!

  5. 5 Lily Donze
    10/29/2010 at 11:45 am

    I like your pictures. I just got back to Harlingen. See you soon!


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