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Autumn Audacity

Autumn Audacity
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-07
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Autumn At Trek Nature, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-13 21:35
Viewed: 6700
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 82
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I enjoy the bold audacity of autumn: the color, the clouds, the light! It may be fleeting but it doesn't go quietly.

Whle my husband stood shivering for an hour early one morning, waiting for a reluctant beaver to make an appearance I wandered around this amazing landscape getting several nice shots.... while he got nothing : ) I haven't the patience for for that type of wildlife photography.

Taking this with such a wide angled lens necessitated tilting the camera upward which resulted in some perspective distortion. I attempted to straighten the trees back to vertical.

uleko, SunToucher, oanaotilia, maurydv, iris, eqshannon, matatur, horia, tomszat, mbasil, CeltickRanger, NinaM, tuslaw, rcrick, Adanac, Argus, pilonm, jconceicao, cedryk, inked has marked this note useful
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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-13 22:49]

Hello Evelynn,
Hopefully your health is restored now so that you can get out and find lots of lovely views like this for us! You've really got an eye for colours and composition - this landscape is superb! Fantastic light and depth and the cloud formations are beautiful. Gret work!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Evelynn,
Good to see that you did went out in your fav season to your fav park. The colors are amazing. I really love the sky here, the way they contrast with the red leaves and how they channel the eye into the photo. Also the play of shadow and light in the grasses is a nice touch. I can still see some of the distortion, but thats probably because I know the lens too well. It aint botherin' me at all.

P.S. why the ISO 200?

Hi Evelynn!

I like it so much that it becomes one of my favourites. So powerful, dynamic and peaceful at the same time. Only autumn can create this, and you have taken full advantage of it. In your picture, we see two artists at work: the autumn and you...

There's just a little regret: from my point of view it could be a little bit sharper.

Kind regards


Hello Evelynn,

The Canadian autumn always offers some spectacular views!
The colours seem to be richer ad more vibrant there...
I like this composition, good lines and where the landscape is enhanced by the lovely sky...

Pablo -

Hy Evelynn
Wanderful autumn colors. I like the two trees standing in the foregroung, with their white bark.And I like olso the sky, blue with, in my opinion, dramatic clouds.
Regards, Oana

Ciao Evelynn,
meraviglioso paesaggio autunnale, eccellente composizione con la luce radente, l'aria limpida e le nuvole spazzate dal vento, splendide le due betulle con i rami divergenti, una miriade di colori autunnali con una fantastica luce.

Hello Evelynn,

Excellent capture of this landscape. Splendid composition. Great light. Bright vivid colours.
Very well done,

Hola Evelyn, bonita fotografia, con una excelente composición y un buen control de la exposición.
Contraste de colores muy llamativo y natural.
Un saludo

Hi Evelynn,

YES, what a beautiful autumn shot. Amazing colors. The light, colors and the sky are in one word: AMAZING

Well done. Cheers and TFS BOB

Such a fine autumnscape in beautiful, vibrant colours characteristic for the season Evelynn, Thank you for this fine image my friend.

Hi Evelynn
Superb picture!
I also like autumn in this phase (later is a bit worse - no leaves and grey everywhere).
Wonderful composition and beautiful colours.
Thanks for sharing

Hi Evelynn, fantastic autumnal composition with splendid colors and great light, I like a lot wonderful trees and superb sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-14 4:40]
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Hi Evelynn,
What a brilliant title to go with a brilliant work of art....This is indeed the auacity of autumn on show and what better way to present it than this PoV that is so rich with its elemental arrangement and well saturated colours. I am absolutley awed by the effect you have created , the tilting you did i think make this more magnificent...it just looms large despite the 800*800 limit. I wonder how would it look like on a wall....my congratulations to you on producing this priceless magic....i wud love to add and show this off on my favourite list:)

Hello Evelynn,
Who!!! stunning colours, very nice composition with a 3D effect

You and Joey...you have brought out today's image both with your heavy guns..this is where you shine Ev....dang that's good...It has been a while since last fall but you images of then are still clearly inn my mind1

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-14 10:38]

Hi Evelynn

I think you did great to wonder around while your husband was waiting for that beaver :) Look at the beauties you could see and capture.
This is a lovely shot, taken at this very wide angle focal length and showing us a terrific picture of the splendid scenery there. Your timing for this trip was very good and i see the colors of nature are shining brightly :)
Spot-on management of the exposure here and very beautiful composition all around - with the trees and the clouds.

I know what you mean about that lens distortion when the lens isn't perfectly leveled...i also get that a lot, too. Although it's easily corrected with software, i think it's pointless sometimes or that in other times it ruins the shot. There is always a tilt-shift lens option though :) (but yeah...i know the prices)

Anyway, congrats for this beauty here and TFS

Hi Evelynn,

Beautiful landscape with amazing colours, warm light and nice perspective. Great autumn colours and composition.


Hello Evelynn,
Beautiful! A dramatic sky, superb light and your interpreation.
Very colourful. I think somewhere in the grasses there's a beaver having fun...
Well done

Hi Evelynn,
This is fantastic autumn shot, I love the stunning colours and light, fantastic perspective, almost 3-dimensional feel to it, beutiful contrast between orange foliage and this lovely blue sky,
excellent work! In my favorites,
best regards,

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2008-10-14 16:30]

Lovely image, Evelynn. A curious pair of trees (seem to be a bit separated here. Maybe a bit of a marital discord? :-)You're right on the breadth of this lens -- I have a tendency to back up too far with this lens, but I think pointing up to the sky and tree tops works very well on this shot. Good colors and those majestic mountains in the bg. Nice sky, and well-exposed, too.

October 10, eh? It looks like fall was a couple days later this year. Nice you could be there to capture it!


hello Evelynn

WOW ! splendid autumnal image, your wide open lens
gives a beautiful landscape shot with fine POV and DOF,
i love the shadow highlight parts of the image,
superb autumnal colour tones doing great contrast with the sky,



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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-14 17:53]

I just love the effect of the wide angle with the clouds in the background, the beautiful tall trees at the front, what a perfect effect in the picture! The colours are beautiful, too, Evelynn, as are most of the colours in your pictures. This is indeed a jewel of a picture, captured in perfect light in the perfect season of fall. Thank you!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-14 19:07]

Magnificent colors Evelynn,
Perfect exposure in this lovely Autumn scene. You always compose such wonderful images and this one is a real beauty!!

Hi Evelynn,

WOW, :) Really don't know how else to describe this, an absolute stunner. Wonderful lighting, amazing colours, perfect p.o.v, all in all a perfect landscape, just beautiful,

Allt he best Rick :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-15 18:55]
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Hello Evelynn,
You are truly an artist with your camera Dear.

Hello Evelynn

Superb light and colour in this shot.
The orange contrasts the blue so very well.
Lovely dark,rich colours and excellent use of light.
Spot on focus,with wonderful detail and sharpness.
A beautiful autumn image.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-10-15 22:33]

Wow! This is stunning, Evelynn.
Very dramatic and grandiose!
The brilliant colors of the trees, the open, yet ominous sky, the shadows on the grass... a very complex composition that is just breathtalking.
Congratulations on this outstanding image.
TFS. ; )

Hi Evelynn!

Dunno what you do with colors but I can tell from a hundred it's your shot :)
Wonderful scene with so much depth and details, TFS!

Best regards,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-16 6:13]

Hello Evelynn,
A superb autumn capture up to your usual high standard, especially in the use of the lighting and the composition. I like the red glow of the birches against the dark sky: they are more colourful than ours that just turn yellow and brown at this time of the year.
A wonderful landscape and thanks for sharing it.
I hope your have recovered now.

Hello Evelynn,

Wow! What a wonderful landscape! The colors and the lights are awesome! You did a great composition with those 2 big tress on the right and the great clouds bringing dynamism to the picture!

Excellent job and TFS!


Hello Evelynn,

Fantastic lighting and composition.
Colours and definition are excellent.
Good focus.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-17 14:28]

Hello Evelynn, that's a perfectly composed shot with a great use of the wide angle lens. The colors are dripping all over my monitor, I love it!


Hi Evelynn, and a big WOW! to those incredible intense fall colors of the Grand Tetons national park. The blue really makes the trees pop right out, I am in awe at this image.

Paul :)

Haven't had a look at your pictures for a while, but there are some amazing autumn colours in there, especially on this picture. I really like the composition with the low skyline, the diagonal band of blue sky, and the gorgeous golden leaved birch trees which are well detached on the right.

  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2008-10-19 11:33]
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Hello Evelynn,
A very dynamic picture, indeed. I love the use of wide angle, giving sky quite a dramatic look. Perfect evening light and colours. Also the composition with two birch trees on the left is very effective. Overall a magnificent job!
Best greetings & TFS!

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-19 23:58]

Hi Evelynn,
stunning capture of Autumn in all it's glory. fantastic shot! tfs

Wanderful autumn colors. I like the two trees standing in the foregroung, with their white bark.

Spectacular, spectacular shot of the this amazing place. A really great photograph in the Tetons. A very, very beautiful scene that you have captured here.

Hi Evelynn,
Excellent shot!! Great way to capture the colors of nature. Great exposure, details and clarity. It's got a unque three dimensional effect to it.

Going to my favs.



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Amazing shot!! Perfect position of the trees, and the clouds look awesome. Also the bright orange stands out well against the dark blue of the sky. It is enchanting to see how the clouds and the leaves point towards the same direction. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Evelynn,

Awesome! As in I'm adding to & correcting your title, 'Awesome Autumn Audacity!'! Everything is working here, especially the magical light & contrasting backdrop that work in unison to bring out & enhance the pumpkin orange hues of those tall deciduous trees.

The shadowy light in the foreground also adds impact to the ambience & the linearity of the cloud bands accentuate the distant foliage. Your POV of view is perfect, as is the crystal clear sharpness of your focus.

Congratulations on this fine & most impressive image, forever captured in time.



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