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A Burst Of Autumn

My favourite season, and as much as I enjoyed the autumnal hues recently in Iceland I still wanted to capture the vivid colours here at home. These may be very similar to autumn shots I have taken in the past, but for me capturing the autumn instinctively engages certain criteria. The light has to be there, either backlighting the foliage or stretching its fingers through it. The colour obviously has to be as vivid as possible, and in many cases I had to desaturate the intensity (especially the reds). In terms of processing, I tend to bias the white balance towards warmer tones, deepen the blacks to accentuate the colour and increase the white point slightly to emphasise the light. These were all shot one afternoon at Winkworth Arboretum with the Olympus E-M5, hosting one of the 12-40mm F/2.8, 40-150mm F/2.8 (with MC-14 attached) or the Panasonic 20mm F/1.7.I must extend my sincere sympathy (perhaps pity) to the poor old woman at the arboretum who chastised her husband and grand-daughter for speaking to 'that black man.' Firstly, while I accept disseminating human skin colour amongst the vibrant autumn foliage can be a trifle challenging, I am not African-Carribean. Secondly, even if I were (and I accept there probably aren't very many in Surrey), I would still not be a threat to anyone as I'm sure human beings of all ethnic persuasions enjoy nature. And thirdly, while it may seem unusual to a sheltered old woman who probably hasn't got out much, we humans tend to talk to each other. So best of luck.To the rest of you, enjoy the autumn!

Nov 01, 2016

A Burst Of Autumn

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My favourite season, and as much as I enjoyed the autumnal hues recently in Iceland I still wanted to capture the vivid colours here at home. 

These may be very similar to autumn shots I have taken in the past, but for me capturing the autumn instinctively engages certain criteria. The light has to be there, either backlighting the foliage or stretching its fingers through it. The colour obviously has to be as vivid as possible, and in many cases I had to desaturate the intensity (especially the reds). In terms of processing, I tend to bias the white balance towards warmer tones, deepen the blacks to accentuate the colour and increase the white point slightly to emphasise the light. 

These were all shot one afternoon at Winkworth Arboretum with the Olympus E-M5, hosting one of the 12-40mm F/2.8, 40-150mm F/2.8 (with MC-14 attached) or the Panasonic 20mm F/1.7.

I must extend my sincere sympathy (perhaps pity) to the poor old woman at the arboretum who chastised her husband and grand-daughter for speaking to 'that black man.' Firstly, while I accept disseminating human skin colour amongst the vibrant autumn foliage can be a trifle challenging, I am not African-Carribean. Secondly, even if I were (and I accept there probably aren't very many in Surrey), I would still not be a threat to anyone as I'm sure human beings of all ethnic persuasions enjoy nature. And thirdly, while it may seem unusual to a sheltered old woman who probably hasn't got out much, we humans tend to talk to each other. So best of luck.

To the rest of you, enjoy the autumn!

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ZuzNov 1, 2016 11:09 AM

Beautiful autumn x

УльянаNov 16, 2016 05:00 AM

Прекрасные картины осени, спасибо!

carmenNov 22, 2016 10:18 AM

LOVE YOUR WORK DO YOU HAVE INSTAGRAM?

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyNov 22, 2016 03:49 PM

What's Instagram?

MattNov 23, 2016 06:27 PM

Terrific autumn pictures.
Nice blog.
Shame about some of our human compatriots.

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyNov 24, 2016 02:50 AM

Thank you Matt :)

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