The beautiful colors and scenes of autumn in the northeast lend themselves to myriad photographic opportunities. I’m sure you’ve seen your share of fall foliage images posted throughout the digital world, and I have posted quite a few images of my own savoring this short but pretty time of year. Here are some abstracts, which you know by now if you read my blog, that I just adore. The feel and the color just appeal to me. I hope you enjoy them as well!
Today I just had to head out this absolutely spectacular fall day. We have had so many lately, what a treat this fall has been! Today was warm, sunny and the sky was a clear, dark blue. Fall will soon be past us, so I really enjoyed taking in all of the beautiful colors. The paths through the nature preserve where I hiked today were just so pretty. Hope you enjoyed your day!!
We have had a beautiful fall here in New England. Lots of warm temperatures, clear blue skies and beautiful leaves. Yesterday was a gorgeous day and I just had to get out and photograph some fall scenes. These are taken at Devil’s Den, a nature preserve in Connecticut.
The end of summer is never welcome for me, but I have to admit that September in New England is just beautiful. We’ve had some amazing weather, with clear, dark blue skies and gradually changing leaves. Yesterday a hike through Devil’s Den was a perfect way to spend a warm September afternoon. Fall colors are just starting to emerge!
A few more shots from my snow shoe hike in Colorado, these with camera movement. My goal with this technique is to show the subject differently, recognizable but with movement, while also having some sharpness in the image. The eye will always try and find something it can focus on, so I try and have that. Although a couple of these really don’t have any sharp spots. I love looking at an abstract take on nature. What do you think?
A trip to ski out west always has the potential for amazing images. If only I could ski with my good camera, that would be multitasking! I did get some interesting shots of the mountains in the distance with my iPhone. Maybe I’ll share those in another post. And maybe I’ll get a camera I can ski with because the views from the top of the mountain are just incredible! We had great weather and conditions, so much that I was way too tired to go out on my own with my camera before or after skiing all day.
I decided to go snow shoeing for some variety and as an opportunity for some photos. I also dragged two friends along with me on my adventure. We headed out with a guide near a small town called Minturn, Colorado. The hike on snow shoes at 8000 feet put us all to the test. Once we got our breathing mastered, we really enjoyed our outing. These images are from that hike. I miss the gorgeous scenery out there and look forward to returning!
The leaves are off of the trees here in New England, so even though things aren’t the most scenic, today’s sunny morning gave me the impetus to get outside and take some photos. Plus I haven’t been out just for the sake of photographing nature in some time, and I was itching to go. As I was trying to decide where to head, I realized that there is a huge wetland preserve right behind where we live that I really haven’t walked through. It’s probably too wet in the spring and summer, but now that the ground is almost frozen I thought I could walk through without sinking. It worked (mostly). Since the wetlands are not really the most scenic place, nor are they colorful right now or covered in snow, I thought I’d play with the images a bit. The first few are made by using ‘intentional camera movement’ as it is sometimes called, which is when you move the camera while pressing the shutter release. Then I worked on the color of the images in Photoshop to make them more visually interesting. Everything you see in these pictures are trees. This technique plus the processing kind of makes it look like the lower portion of the image is grass, but it is all trees. The last two are shots of the woods with some filters applied, but I like that sepia coloring, it warms the image up from the dreary wintery look. Hope you are enjoying the end of 2012!
I promised myself I would get out during this fall and capture a lot of the beautiful colors around us here in New England. I took another hike today and it was just beautiful outside! Great weather and great scenery, I just love the reds and oranges with the greens and the blue sky. I walked around a local place called Devil’s Den which has great hiking trails and a beautiful pond, just an all-around a feast for the eyes. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Did you ever look at a photo and wonder how someone got their picture to look like that? Well I look at photos and think that a lot! Whether it’s the color, texture, or overall feel of the picture, sometimes I just think I can’t get my pictures to look just the way I want. (Those are not the pictures you see here!! :)) I have taken my share of Photoshop classes (still need to learn more) but that doesn’t always do it. Sometimes I discover that it is a filter that makes a picture look so good. Filters are generally created by other people, they are for sale and used to enhance pictures in post-processing. I recently discovered a new set of filters called ‘Flypaper’ that are very interesting. I took some of my pictures from the fall and used a few Flypaper filters on them. These are pictures that I originally was not happy with but had saved anyway, so I didn’t mind changing them and hoping for the best. I liked the results with the filters. I think they have an ‘old’ feel to them. What do you think?
This morning, I really didn’t have anything particular to post until I read a comment from friend of mine on my ‘Lights’ post. She mentioned that she loves reflections in water, and they definitely appeal to me as well. Couldn’t you just sit and stare at beautiful reflections in water? It is so relaxing. This got me thinking that the fall was a fabulous time, because of the beautiful colors, to shoot pictures of reflections in water and I had quite a few from this past season. These shots are all from around Westport, some recognizable locations, and some abstract shots.
I suppose I need to get out and shoot more pictures now, but it’s much harder to get inspired with the landscape in the northeast right now. Maybe if we could get some snow I would get inspired to get outside!! Meanwhile, take a look back at the beautiful colors from this past fall.