Fall colors

Snake Grass

Snake Grass

This photo was taken last year when we had a lot of color. This year the colors were drab and brown. I found this spot of snake grass with many colorful leaves that had fallen into the water. Click to view on Black.

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Aspen

Aspen

The colors this year in Utah have been hard to find.  On a recent camping outing with my son I found this isolated patch of yellow in a beautiful aspen grove. Click to view on Black.

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Splash of Color

Splash of color

This is one of my favorite photos from last fall. This was taken on the face of Timpanogos Mountain in one of the small canyons on its face. I went on a hike up this small canyon towards the end of the season and most of the color had fallen off the trees. As I was walking back to my car I noticed these few leaves with multiple color on them. I took the photo by planting the tripod in the steep dirt hill. It was not even close to being steady. It was more steady then hand held. I then started to fire away and and this was the best one of the set. I did very little post processing on these leaves.

The Specs.
iso 1600 (It was getting close to sunset and the leaves were in dark shade)
26mm
f/22 (I would have liked to lower the iso on this one and also the f/stop)
1/10 second

I like the wide variety of color.
I like the dark color around the leaves.
I would like to not have the leaf in the top left corner.

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Hanging Lake Stream

Hanging Lake Stream

This photo is another in my series from Colorado last fall. I was excited to travel to Colorado and take some photos of the intense aspens and cottonwood trees. The colors that year in Utah were as vibrant as I have ever seen them. One of my side trips was to go to Hanging Lake Colorado and film that wonderful area in full fall color. The only problem was that Colorado had a super freeze that hit the area a few days before we left. There were only small pockets of color. This area was one of them. This is just as the creek is about to enter the Colorado River. By the time we arrived here it was about noon with a full sun. In order to blur the photo I used a neutral density filter and a polarizing filter. This decreased the amount of light hitting the sensor. I also dropped the iso to 100 and stopped down to f/22. Even with all of this all I could muster was a 1.7 second exposure. For this type of photo two pieces of equipment are a must. First a steady tripod with a strong ball head. I also used a cable release to minimize vibration.

I like the intense blue sky.
I like the color of the leaves.
I like the dead trees both standing and fallen over the water.
I would like to have more trees with color on them. Maybe next time.


The Specs:
f/22
Shutter 1/1.7sec
+0.7 ev
38 mm
iso 100

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Green River Fall

Green River Fall

For today this is about as close to winter as I want to get. This photo was taken last year in Grand Junction along the Green River. I was excited to go to Denver last fall to visit family and to take many cool pictures along the way. The problem was that mother nature got in the way. The week before we left a major cold snap hit on the Eastern side of the Continental Divide. On the Western side the cottonwood trees had some of the most vibrant color I have seen in years. As soon as we hit the mountains the weather had been so cold that all the leaves were frozen off the trees before they could change color. They were all brown and ugly. In this photo the river was framed on each side by these beautiful colors, but there was no way to get in a position to completely capture the moment. On the side of the river we were on there was a thirty foot drop straight down to the river.

I like the intense yellow.
I like the blue sky with clouds.
I like the black trees.

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Aspen Grove Trail

Aspen Grove Trail

Last year I went to Aspen Grove, Utah to take the family photos for a friend. As we were leaving to go to another area I saw this scene. It was starting to get a little darker so I upped the iso so that I could take a quick photo and not keep the family waiting.

The Specs.
iso 400
26mm
f/13

I like the intense yellow.
I like the black branches.
I like the leaves on the path.

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Framed Stream

Framed Stream-1

Back in October I decided to go up Santaquin Canyon in Utah County. The weather had been extremely cold as a storm was moving through the area. Also, there had been strong winds in recent days. I was not expecting to find much. As we drove up the canyon the majority of the trees had lost their leaves. Then we found this spot. A lone area with a few trees and leaves. The rocks had that cool moss all over them. I decided to set up the tripod and begin shooting a few photos. I processed this photo using Lightroom and Topaz Simplify. I have grown to love this plugin.

The Specs.
iso 200
70 mm
f/220
0.6 second shutter

I like how the water dances in and around the moss covered rocks.
I like the few leaves scattered on the dirt bank.
I like how the tree seams to frame the stream.
I wish the two long weeds were not part of this photo.

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Standing Out

Standing Out

Here is an example of where my love for depth of field got me into trouble. We were on the Nebo Loop early in the fall. After I had taken my panoramic shot I looked down the mountain just as the sun was starting to rise above the horizon. I saw this lone aspen and dead tree amongst the dark pine trees. The sun seemed to only catch these two trees. This scene was several hundred yards away. So I shot this picture at 340mm at f/40. I originally wanted to do a five shot HDR and have everything in crisp detail. At f/40 the shutter sped was anywhere from 1/6 of a second to over 3 seconds. There was a slight breeze blowing and as a result all the leaves were completely blurred.

I like the dead tree. It adds interest for me.
I like the dead tree and aspen against the dark pine trees.
I would like to have shot with the lens opened up for a crisp image.

To salvage a photo that I liked I decided to process it using Topaz adjust. I think this type of photo would look great on a canvas.

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This Saturday I will have a guest blogger on. My friend Jon has been a professional photographer for year. He has stunning work. I look forward to having him share his talents with you on Saturday.

~wr~

Rock Wall Back Drop

Rock WallTopaz rock Wall

This is another photo from my hike up Rock Canyon. This photo was taken the day after I took the others. The main difference was I took my tripod. I decided for todays blog to post two different versions of the same photo. The top photo is processed to bring out the colors and decrease any noise. The second had the Photoshop plug in Topaz simplify. I have grown to love this plugin as it allows me to give the photo an almost oil painting quality. Photos using this plugin would look great if printed on canvas.

The specs
iso 200
52mm
f/22
2 second exposure

I like the orange color of the maple tree.
I like the black branches.
I like the rugged cliff as the back drop.
I like how the tree is the only one of its color.
I wonder if the dead tree should be more prominent or less.

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Rock Canyon Yellow

Rock Canyon Yellow

Here is another example of the color in Utah this fall. I would be in an area where all the trees were yellow. Then turn the corner and they were red. Then a mixture of yellows, reds, and oranges. This photo was taken at the end of my walk and it was starting to get dark. Since I didn’t have a tripod I needed to boost the shutter speed. I wanted the iso to be as low as possible so I dropped the f/stop.

The Specs.
iso 200
38 mm
f/6.3
1/30 shutter speed

I like the yellow against the black tree trunks.
I like how the path wanders throughout the photo.
I like the cliff in the background.
I wish I would have had my tripod.

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Rock Canyon Trail

Rock Canyon Trail

This fall I had a blast taking photos of Utah’s fantastic colors. The color this fall was as spectacular as I have ever seen it. For this shoot I laid my camera on top of a rock in the middle of the path and took the photo. I processed the picture using Topaz Simplify.

The Specs
iso 200
29mm
f/22
1/4 second

I like the leaves on the path.
I like the color of the trees.
I like the texture of the light and dark tree trunks.
I like how the path disappears.

I like using Topaz plug ins on some of my photos because it gives them an oil painting type of look.

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Yellow Leaf Road

Yellow Leaf Road
Here is another view of yesterday's picture. This bike path is located near Utah Lake State Park.

I like the sense of being in the middle of all the color.
The trees open up on each side giving a feeling you are in a secluded location.
The path seams to go on forever.
I would like the trunks to be a little darker

The Specs
24mm
f/8
1/50s
hand held
iso 200

I would like to have this photo over and have a tripod with me. I had to have the f/stop at f8 so that I could get a faster shutter speed. I processed this photo a little different then yesterdays. I ran it through Lightroom until I had the look I wanted. I only had to do a few minor adjustments. Then I exported it into Photoshop and ran Topaz Clean plugin. This toned down the sharpness and gives the picture the appearance of being a painting.

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Carpet

Carpet-1

On this day we decided as a family to go for a drive to look at the colors. On our way home we decided to stop by the nearby bike trail. this was the scene we came across.

I like the bright vibrant colors.
I like how the path curves and goes behind the trees. This offers a sense of mystery
I like how the path is covered in leaves.
next time I would use a tripod for this photo.

The Specs
f/9
1/50s
exposure -1.7
iso 200

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Timpanogos Stream

Timpanogos Stream 2
I have had a few people ask how to get the blurred or foggy look in water. So I decided to return to a recent blog I made on my good friends web site http://reflectedpixel.com/wpblog/rpblog.php/
Early in the fall I awoke before dawn and went up near Sundance to shoot the beautiful fall colors. My objective was to find as much orange and red as I could find. I knew that the aspens had not yet started to change so yellows were not part of the mix. My objective for this day was mainly to shoot the backside of Timpanogos Mountain. Earlier in the year I had spotted a small waterfall and thought that if I brought my 70-200 lens with 1.7 teleconverter I may be able to get a semi close photo with the fall colors in it, but by this time of year the water had dried up, So I moved to my secondary plan of shooting the reds and oranges with Timpanogos as the backdrop. After a morning of shooting I was due home and only had a few moments left. I turned down a secondary road and came across this scene. This was the only part of the mountain that had yet to have widespread color change. I was again reminded of a valuable lesson. Always be prepared for what is in front of you. Like so many photo shoots that I have gone on in the past my favorite image was not the primary image I was after.

I like how the stream snakes its way through the scene
I like the deep earth tone colors you see under the water
I like how the water is blurred in steps, but not everywhere
I wish I could have found some reds in the leaves

I shot this photo using my Nikon D300 and 24-70mm lens. I used both a neutral density filter and a polarizing filter. The aperture was set to f22 while the iso was at 200. This was a 13 second exposure.
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Fallen Color

Fallen Color-1

I decided to travel up the local canyon with my daughter the other day. I knew that most of the color on the trees had fallen off. I wasn't expecting much, but it was good to be outside for a few minutes. I came across these few leaves that had fallen in the river. To take this picture I set the camera on a tripod and changed the exposure several times.

The Specs
f2/8
Shutter speed was 1/20s
iso 100

I set the aperture to 2.8 for a shallow depth of field because I wanted the leaves to be in sharp focus. I wasn't worried about the water or any thing in the water.

I like the many variations of color in the leaves
I like the texture of the water and the moss
I like the randomness of the leaves
I would like to take the photo again at a higher f/stop

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Saying Goodbye


Maple Seeds
This picture is the perfect example of a quote from a good friend. He says the best camera is the one you have with you. Normally for this type of picture I would use a tripod and my macro lens. I had neither with me. I had my nikon 18-135 lens. In order to get close to the photo I set the lens to 90mm. The aperture was at 5.6 with the shutter speed being 1/320s. I underexposed by -.7 and I shot multiple frames in rapid succession. This helped to ensure that I would have at least one in focus. My iso was set to 200.

I like the red of the seeds with the yellow outline
I like how the seed has changed color, but the leaves are still green
I wish I had my macro lens and could have set it to 2.8 for more blur on the outside seeds

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Paint by color

Paint by color-1

On this page I will add photos often. I will share how I took the photo, and what works for me or what I would like to change. I welcome your feedback and hope that through this page your photography and mine will continually improve.

This was a fun picture to take. The weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky. There was no wind, and the temperature was crisp. The company was good. To get this type of picture you need a cable release, a tripod and a good subject. After the shot I used photoshop and topaz plugins.

I like the colors in the photo.
I like how the bridge appears out of the colors and disapears into the colors.
I like the reflection of the bridge.
I would like the color of the tree in the left corner to be toned down.

Let me know what you think. You can contact me on the link on this page. I will be updating this page often and will add a comment section soon. If you like what you see please share the site with your friends.

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