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Red autumn

Red autumn
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-07
Categories: Trees, Sky
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC, Cokin P121M
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-26 7:03
Viewed: 3101
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi again, friends

Bob Shannon asked if i could post a late autumn landscape from my part of the world, but unfortunately the weather outside is horrible :( It snowed a bit in the weekend and ever since it rained nonstop. It's all so dark and grey that i simply don't see anywhere i could go and escape that and come up with something nice. Sorry Bob :(

However, i hope you'll like this mid-autumn shot which i would like to dedicate to you, instead.

This shot is actually an experiment. I downloaded the trial version from Photomatrix and gave it a test, creating my first ever HDR. For this shot, i blended two different exposures (one at 1/4 sec. and the other at 1/2 sec.) and this is the result. I wanted to keep the entire tone-mapping to minimum, so i feel the outcome is very similar to what i would have obtained if i had merged the two photos manually in PS.

Hope you like it and thanks for visiting :)

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Filter: Hoya 72mm HMC Circ. Pol. + Cokin P121M ND Grad.
Focal Length: 17mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4 | 1/2 sec.
Metering Mode: Evaluative metering
Exposure Bias: 0 | +1
F-Stop: f/14
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: tripod
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: cloudy

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-11-26 7:11]

Hello mate.

The HDR has worked well to give a very natural shot, perfectly exposed, with lovely warm colours and tones.
Compositionally spot on too.



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-11-26 7:12]

Hi Horia,
yes, your experiment is simple and very effective. This is amazing quality landscape, right composition and viewpoint, you got the colors and exposure just enough and right. great. Bob may love this. tfs.

Uite Horia, incerc sa fiu iarasi critica, ca sa nu spui ca doar vreau sa te laud (doar prin ochii mei de "invatacel").Sincer, nu prea reusesc sa fiu critica la aceasta fotografie. Imi plac de fapt aproape toate imaginile tale in care cerul reprezinta aproximativ 2/3 din tot, mai ales ca de fiecare data gasesti, obtii, cum vrei sa o iei, culori si forme foarte frumoase, placute. Aici chiar daca copacul acela rosiatic reprezinta punctul de atentie sa spun asa, mie tot plafonul de nori imi atrage atentia, fi felul cum "luneca" spre linia orizontului.
Foarte frumos, inca o data

Hi Horia!

That's a very nice job on hdr, most hdr shots are identifiable, they have a certain look that can be recognized. While your work looks more like a 'normal' shot but with much more contrast. I think that's the goal that should be with hdr. Besides the technique the picture is wonderful, with the red tree breaking the paler tones, while the seasonal character is still there in the image. TFS!

Best regards,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-26 7:55]

It is a marvellous landscape, Horia. I couldn't tell if doing it manually would have been great but while looking at the picture before I read your notes, I was wondering how in heaven you were getting to such beautiful texture, colours and light. First, the picture is sensational. Your pov is perfect, with the clouds bringing movement and the perspective is just great to let the eyes move all over the frame. The red tree is the fundamental in your picutre. Also, I really like that the HD effect has not been too strong, it is subtle so it stays very natural. Yet there is another world effect to it, like in a dreamscape. Superb.


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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2008-11-26 8:06]

The first time you've used succes seems a succes to me. Ik like the POV you choose as well as the colors.
Gr. Hans

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-26 8:42]

Hello Horia, a pure beauty my friend! Very well composed with a perfect technique, well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-26 9:16]

Hello Horia,
What a wonderful landscape with focus on the beautiful red tree. Excellent DOF, lovely colours and very nicely composed. I like the vertical framing.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Horia,
that's realy a perfect place, I love that red tree and there's so much space for a fantastic sky, excellent motive, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Horia
One of the best landscapes that I have ever seen. Mesmerizing photo. First of all fantastic sky. IO also like great red-autumn tree. Good exposure, great composition I like it very much

Ciao Horia!
a beautiful outlet vertical that covers the sky and the autumnal landscape with unmistakable color red and the tree in the foreground to emphasize the beauty of nature in this period..well seen and done

cheers sERGIO

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-11-26 10:45]

Hello Horia, wonderful landscape shot with vivid colours and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-26 11:12]

Hi Horia, Something quite different from you tonight , this could have been taken in the English countryside. I like the compositon with the main tree with its bronze leaves. This was taken when there were many patterns in the fluffy clouds. a very pleasing picture to look at. well done my friend. TFS.

Hello Horia,
A suberbt landscape shot and composition of this wonderful part of the nature.
TFS and greetings,

Hi Horia,
call the fire brigade- the tree is on fire! looks almost unreal- great capture, very well done composition and saturation. Nice one!

Hi Horia,
Stunningly perfect landscape capture with great colours and composition.
TFS and Cheers,

I was late today watching TV and all from India Live via my Punjabi friends dish....but as soon as I saw thumbnail I thought of you and our talk via cyber....It is one of you VERY good landscape shots...In this world of craziness....funny how this works...the rich,..they hide their money safe...and when they come out of it just before, they buy artwork..You have a treasury of these...You really could be driving a Jaguar by now:-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-26 22:39]

Hi Horia.
It is really delicate use of HDR technique. I like a result so much as well as I like selection of subject for shooting. It is amazing. All pictured objects are wonderful and all together they create a fine composition. I cannot select more pleasant subject. Cloudy sky, impressive red tree, remote trees and meadow are looked amazingly. DOF, sharpness and vertical orientation of the scene are the most impressive too. Well done and kind regards,

Beautiful autumn picture of this wonderful place. Very well captured
Best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-27 9:04]

Hi Horia,
what a brilliant autumn scene for Bob :-)
The composition is superb.
That red tree stands out really well.
Excellent exposure using Photomatix to its best :-)

Very well done mate!

Lovely POV...the sky along with the tree with red leaves.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-28 1:55]

Hello Horia,
Great work with a fine result in this autumnal landscape, the dominating red tree giving the rolling landscape a fine perspective that is complimented by the lightly clouded sky.
This area must be a haven for butterflies in the summer, but I can see some similarity to Bob's work and the dedication is appropriate.
TFs this deligtful view,
All the best,

Hello Horia,
Nice capture, beautiful colors and contrast,
excellent composition, good sharpness, nice
light and lovely cloudy sky. well done.

This is glorious Horia.
Simple and very effective composition, and the light/color is fabulous..really.
This is one of those images where everything just seems to fit perfectly.
Definitely a wall-hanger :)
Very well done,

You're among the few I miss most here on TN even when I was not active here. I will try to be a little more involved, though it's hard to manage and I try not to spend too much time on the computer, at work all day and at home too would just be a little too much.
Anyway, about this image. I Love it. Simple, clean, refreshing, naturally beautiful, composition at its best, I like that you choose the vertical format to show more of the beautiful sky with clouds, a little more clouds would make it too dark and not enough contrast. I'm sure the landscape format showing wider view would also be nice, I'm sure you got one of that too in your archive somewhere. Thanks Horia. Hope all is well with you.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-04 12:00]

Hi Horia

It looks like I have missed some stunning photos from you. The bright tree and the simple but elegant composition caught my eye here. This is a lovely and subtle HDR so it is skillfully done.



P.S. Thanks for the useful comments and suggestions on my attempt at a landscape shot

Hi Horia,
Hard to tell that this is a HDR photo...and that is a good sign. But, now that I know there are some signs that does show its an HDR. The dynamic range is huge and perfect. There is so much light in the bottom part of the photo, and the sky has this wonderful tonality. About that sky, the sun did give it that wonderful evening glow.
The single tree with its vibrant red leaves is a must have object. Its position amid the hills and forest is great and its color is a stunner.

Hello Horia !
I love autumn pictures with red leaves, like here. It's a wonderful landscape, and you managed to capture is brilliantly - splendid colors, perfect composition and POV, and such a wonderful sky ! I love the shape of the clouds. Very well done !

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