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Challenge 84 – Fall Colours

Welcome to another round of Photo Challenge!

Winning Image: Algonquin Leaves by Kathy Walsh

This theme is open to your imagination!

Challenge set by Kathy Walsh 
Submission Deadline: Saturday November 15, 2014
Voting Deadline: Sunday November 23, 2014 

  • GlennNovember 16, 2014 - 8:35 PM

    Wow! It’s great to see some of our lost participants in the photo challenge! Welcome back! It’s inspiring to me to have more participants and I’m looking forward to playing with you all in the upcoming challenges as well.

    As for this group of photos, well done everyone! There are several quite impressive entries here and it will take some time to choose my top three.ReplyCancel

  • jeannieNovember 16, 2014 - 9:29 PM

    Wow! Impressive collection!! Definitely going to study these awhile….ReplyCancel

  • kateNovember 21, 2014 - 3:41 PM

    Wow, there are some FABULOUS submissions this time! Hurrah! Like Jeannie, I’m going to have to ponder these for a few more days!ReplyCancel

  • DonnaNovember 23, 2014 - 9:18 AM

    1. Zooming in on Autumn – although not the typical fall leave picture I really love the colour and technique in Lisa’s picture. It just had me coming back to view!
    2. Fall Harvest – Jeannie different idea for fall colours and it was arranged beautifully. Great picture.
    3. Algonquin Leaves – very nice picture of the orange leaves. It reminded me of the cottage.
    Glenn – I really liked your Break in the Fog picture and it would have been a top 3 but I felt there was too much fog/sky left at the top of the picture for my taste. Great picture anyway.ReplyCancel

  • GlennNovember 23, 2014 - 10:24 AM

    As others have said here and on Facebook, it took me some time for this one. I quickly narrowed from 19 images (22 minus my own) down to my favourite 7, then to 5, then to 3, and finally ranking my favourite 3. But kudos to everyone on the effort, there were a number of excellent entries.

    1st – Algonquin Leaves
    Kathy, I like the composition of this one right away, and particularly loved the limited colour range in the image. Too many other colours would have ruined this shot, and I have many examples where I did just that. Your choice of depth of field was perfect, in my opinion and the focus was spot on. What really put this one over the top from my 2nd and 3rd choices though was just the peaceful quality of the scene. Well done.

    2nd – Maple and Gingko
    Lisa, welcome back to the Photo Challenge! We have really been missing the quality of your submissions, as you always make the rest of us step up our game! Many of the same comments from Kathy’s image apply to this one, though I think I would have preferred a slightly different crop to delete the dark area at the top of the image.

    3rd – Foggy Fall
    Kate, I was immediately drawn to this one. I liked a lot of the elements here, from the vibrant colours, to the fog at the top, to the inclusion of the tree on the right and the reflections in the pond. You might consider a slightly different crop to include more foreground as the cattle seem very close to the border of the image. However, as much as I liked this, I think it might be better suited to the Domestic Animals theme as the inclusion of the cattle makes them the subject rather than the colours in the trees.

    Other Notables

    In the Morning Dew
    Jeannie, I love the effort here as I am constantly on the watch for images like this but failing miserably at finding them! I would suggest trying a variety of different crops to see what works best.

    Up Close and Colourful
    Lisa, I did like this one. The detail in the leaves is striking. However, I felt that the DOF is almost too thin and I couldn’t really stare at this for very long. 🙂

    Zooming in on Autumn
    I loved the abstract nature of this one and just want to hear more about how you did it!ReplyCancel

  • KateNovember 23, 2014 - 11:38 AM

    Very difficult to select – all the submissions are wonderful. So great to see so many submissions this time.
    1. Road Less Travelled. This shot takes the eye down the road. Nice capture of the dappled sunlight. I like how you’ve presented the simplicity of the yellow leaves only, juxtaposed to the dead leaves on the ground.
    2. Algonquin Leaves. This is simple and stunning. I want it on my wall.
    3. Fall harvest: A great interpretation of the theme. I like the texture of the corn husks.

    Spotlight. Beautiful technical execution.
    Zooming in on Autumn …. WOW!!!!!!! But it makes me dizzy. :o)ReplyCancel

  • JeannieNovember 23, 2014 - 7:17 PM

    Love this theme and the great shots we got! Nice to see some people back.

    1. Algonquin Leaves. This was one of my favs from the start. Love the simplicity of it. Excellent job with the cropping and the focus Kathy!

    2. Maple and Gingko. Also a fav from the start Lisa! The carpet of yellow is a perfect backdrop for the single red leaf. Also love how you chose to crop it.

    3. Break in the Fog. This shot is quite intriguing Glenn. I really like it. I did wonder if it could have been cropped with a little less sky, but that may take away from the pic.

    Michelle, Spotlight is really nice too. Nice shot! And Kate, I also quite liked Foggy Fall but felt the cows were more of a focal point.

    As for mine, I intentionally decided to go outside the box on this challenge, instead of doing landscape shots and had some fun with it. Interestingly enough Glenn, I have another dewdrop shot that Lorne liked better and told me to use. I liked the one I used because I liked seeing the outline of the leaf in the background that is reflected in the drop. Personal preference I guess!

    Looking forward to seeing the critters in the next one!ReplyCancel

  • GlennNovember 24, 2014 - 8:53 AM

    I’m extending the voting for a day as still have less than half of the eligible voters so far.

    Lisa B, Wendy Taylor, Kathy Walsh, Michelle Chiunti and Jacci Hunter, I have sent you a reminder email.

    Remember, you can’t win of you don’t vote!!!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa BourgaultNovember 24, 2014 - 8:08 PM

      Done! I’ve got to get back into good HPC habits so that I’m not tardy again. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JacciNovember 24, 2014 - 10:09 AM

    I LOVE love this theme and the great shots everyone got! It was so hard to choose.

    1. Maple and Gingko
    2. Break in the Fog
    3. The Hill

    Looking forward to seeing the critters in the next one!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle ChiuntiNovember 24, 2014 - 6:19 PM

    Thank you Glenn for all the work you do to organize these challenges to our hobby. This challenge was particularly popular because we live in such a beautiful country to expand upon such a simple theme. The voting, as usual, is never easy, and always varies with everyone’s particular tastes. My choices run towards my taste of looking at the “macro” environment around us, sharp colors of fall, and the artistic capabilities that we now have with our cameras and programs available.

    1. In The Morning Dew – I love the sharpness, colors, crisp macro detail, and I am always impressed with these pictures. Excellent Jeannie! (now that she has time to focus on this endeavor!!).

    2. Zooming in on Autumn – again an ode’ to macro and crisp autumn color. The artistic manipulation draws you to this picture.

    3. Maple and Gingko – to me, this picture typifies the true fall vibrancy of color. It would have been first, if the crop had been a bit smaller. Good job and excellent eye, though!

    Congratulations to all!!ReplyCancel

  • KathyNovember 24, 2014 - 6:30 PM

    1. Foggy Fall – Kate. I really love this shot. beautiful and peaceful. Lovely colours in the trees

    2. In the morning dew – Jeannie I love how you captured the leaf in the droplet of water, very well done.

    3. A road less traveled – Glenn another great shot. Makes me want to go down that road!

    Michelle in my opinion Spotlight is a very impressive shot, just not as relevant to the theme as others. They are all so good it was very difficult to pick just 3ReplyCancel

  • Lisa BourgaultNovember 24, 2014 - 7:39 PM

    Hi everyone and thank you for the warm welcome back. It’s great to be behind the lens again and back in such great and talented company here in Glenn’s challenge.

    I had a terrible time narrowing down my choices for this theme, as there were multiple photos that kept drawing me back. Here are my votes:

    #1…Fall Harvest. Lovely composition, lovely colour range, perfect focus and depth of field. Really nicely done, Jeannie.

    #2…Foggy Fall. I agree with everything Glenn said about this photo, Kate. It’s true that different framing might improve the composition so that the cows are quite so close to the bottom of the photo, but that’s my only suggestion. You live in such a beautiful place and capture it so well with your camera.

    #3…Break in the Fog. Glenn, I had a tough time choosing between this and A Road Less Traveled, but I’m a sucker for fog and reflections, so this one won out. It’s a beautiful shot. I’d be curious to know if you tried composing it with more water and less sky, or simply using different dimensions to include less sky. (I don’t find the sky super-interesting, as at least on my monitor the fog is tough to differentiate from the sky itself.) Overall a beautiful photo.

    I also loved Spotlight, The Hill, In the Morning Dew, and Algonquin Leaves. Jeannie, how cool would it be to use a macro lens to capture the leaf in the drop of dew as the main subject of your photo?! I do love that effect.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa BourgaultNovember 24, 2014 - 8:07 PM

    Forgot to say thanks to those who liked my photos. :o)

    Glenn and Michelle, re Maple and Gingko, I did try cropping the dark area (base of a tree) from the top of the photo, but found that I didn’t like it as much aesthetically. Somehow the darkness seems to ‘ground’ the photo in a way I prefer. I’ll post both on my Facebook page and you can see what you think. (Michelle and anyone else who’s interested, you can find me as Lisa B in Glenn and Jeannie’s list of FB friends. Feel free to connect with me if you’re so inclined.)

    For those curious about my technique in Zooming in on Autumn, it couldn’t be simpler. I had limited options when it came to finding fall colours (remember I live in the SF Bay Area) so I had to get creative with what was available. In this photo, I intentionally tried for abstract.

    I was working with an overcast sky (diffused light) and a three-stop neutral density filter that allowed me to keep the lens open for close to a full second at f8. My lens was a basic 18-55mm zoom. I was using a tripod.

    I composed the photo with the lens zoomed out. Once the shutter was pressed, I waited until just before the exposure was complete and then zoomed in. (I didn’t zoom in right away because I wanted the sensor to register a focused photo plus the zoom effect.) Obviously, the trickiest bit was zooming at the right moment and I did lots of experimenting. I also tried starting from close up and zooming out.

    Give it a try. You just need to choose a setup that lets you use a longer-than-usual shutter speed without overexposing. (This photo had a shutter speed of 0.8 seconds.)ReplyCancel

  • wendyNovember 25, 2014 - 6:57 PM

    1. Break in the fog
    2. Foggy Fall
    3. The HillReplyCancel

  • GlennNovember 25, 2014 - 7:38 PM

    Congrats to Kathy Walsh, for “Algonquin Leaves.”
    Very nice work, Kathy!

    Please send me your next theme along with a sample pic.ReplyCancel

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