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Lit Up!

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 17 December 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

While walking around a farm looking for some subject matter to photograph, I looked up (what a concept!) and in the distance was this stand of trees just lit up extravagantly by the sun. I made my way over as fast as I could, set up and fired the shutter, knowing the light can change so quickly. In looking at the RGB histogram I noticed I 'blew out' the red channel. One of those lessons when shooting reds...... check all the channels of the histogram! I made the adjustment in-camera for the red channel; I further went with underexposure during post processing as it rendered the background darker. The trees were then brightened with some Orton technique at reduced opacity to help create the contrast you see here.

NIKON D300 1/13 second F/16.0 ISO 200 300 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful shot, good job well done

17 Dec 2009 11:35am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful work! Amazing light!

17 Dec 2009 12:41pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Simply beautiful Barbara, great light.

17 Dec 2009 1:21pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Gorgeous! I love the dark sky.

17 Dec 2009 5:35pm

Dave Dennis from United States

As always what a treat.

17 Dec 2009 5:59pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Each of your adjustments seemed to combine to do the trick. This stand of trees is sumptuous, and, yes, extravagant....sometimes I think of a sight like this and your skill to capture it as God's grace. Thanks you !

17 Dec 2009 7:54pm

@Dulcie: Well, I receive that! Thank you so much, Dulcie - and I love giving Him the credit too!

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Fabulous! Love that color, brighteness, detail. the unique view of the trees. Wonderfully seen, captured and processed. Thank you for sharing and for telling us how you did it!!! Wha Hoo!!!

17 Dec 2009 8:30pm

mo.langel from Genève, Switzerland

Beautiful colors!

17 Dec 2009 9:20pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wonderful result, especially with that dark background!!

17 Dec 2009 11:09pm

Gary Hart from California, United States

Very nice. The extreme contrast really makes the color jump out.

18 Dec 2009 2:07am

Bishop from Houston, United States

what a lovely way to separate the main subject from the background... kudos! :)

18 Dec 2009 2:31am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Another creation and gives me such a joy to watch!

18 Dec 2009 4:44am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! I love it! The colours are amazing. Great contrast

18 Dec 2009 6:49pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

The light is glorious! Very interesting effect with the dark sky! Love the yellow tones! Splendid! :)

18 Dec 2009 8:22pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

shine like a Gold... SO Beautiful.. Great Shot

19 Dec 2009 7:14am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful shot!!! Love the golden trees.

19 Dec 2009 5:55pm

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Magical light! Bravo!

20 Dec 2009 3:10pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

20 Dec 2009 10:04pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great back light on these colorful leaves and I like the shadow as a backdrop!

21 Dec 2009 4:28am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Wonderful. Glad you didn't miss this shot. Thanks for sharing. I agree that it's quite amazing how quickly sunlight changes.

21 Dec 2009 8:51am

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

Beautiful Barbara!

21 Dec 2009 11:01am

Antoine from France

Very nice capture. Colours are very beautiful.

21 Dec 2009 4:10pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks to you all for enjoying the fall color with me!

30 Dec 2009 5:20am

1/13 second
ISO 200
300 mm (35mm equiv.)