Soft, Late Autumn Wood with Maple Sapling Understory
When New England Autumns are just past peak, the woods are still graced with an understory of saplings holding on to their leaves longer than their older "relatives." I chanced on this "quiet" scene while walking on Talcott Mountain, figured I could draw the eye in with a wide shot, putting a young maple in the foreground, and bringing out the structure of the bark in the trees as the eye moves back from there, until we find more young maples far in the background; echoing the foreground.
During a ride this past summer, my wife was sitting on her motorcycle waiting for a couple of riders to return from a walk to and from the lakeshore (behind her), She was staring at the ground daydreaming, and I readied my camera. There was something about the way she was sitting: it had "attitude." Just before I took this shot, she looked up, and here's the capture.
This is a shot that needs a big print, or big monitor. The sailboat in the distance; the fisherman in the foreground. I don't take pictures of the sun; I take pictures around the sun. ;-) I like it because the human aspects are rendered tiny in this huge field of nature's play.
The title of this image was chosen for the feel of the capture, not the kind of birds that are taking flight here. I was driving along a backroad in Vermont, when I noticed this dead tree full of birds. I pulled over and readied my camera, and when the birds took flight, I ripped off a series of 10 or 12 shots in a rapid burst. This is my favorite of the lot.
I was walking along the outskirts of a County Fair looking for subject matter when I happened on these mason jars that were used as candles for an event the night before. After working the image the way I wanted it with exposure and gamma, I used an ILFORD film simulation to emulate the spectrum response and grain I wanted.
I was walking along the beach in Westerly, Rhode Island when I saw this sign in juxtaposition to the sky. I know that I could render the blue in the sky very dark with a digital red filter, and that the harsh angles and glare of the sign would make a great contrast. The contrail seemingly shooting through the iconic number at nearly a perfect angle completes the scene.
On an October ride we stopped on a hill on RT 132 just outside of Woodbury. I handed my Nikon to a friend and she snapped this shot for us. I processed the RAW file 5 different ways and combined to an HDR that I then processed in SilverFX Pro