John Cameron, Photographer, Printmaker
November 12, 2017
Ann Heeley-Ray says
November 12, 2017 at 3:03 pm
surely there’s a colour change/filter to give that glowing richness?
John Cameron says
November 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm
Hi Ann. No colour change and no ‘filters’.
This file is straight from the camera, except for 3 small black spots on one leaf that I found distracting and removed.
Here’s the scoop:
1. It was shot on a dark overcast day. And purposely underexposed (because a camera’s light meter attempts to make the whole image a ‘medium density’—which would be wrong on a dark afternoon. Thus the dense red colour. (‘properly exposed’, the leaves in the foreground would be much lighter and washed out as they would reflecting the sky’s light)
2. The reds on this tree—which is in our garden—were particularly intense the last couple of weeks. People walking by have stopped this year to comment on its colour. When wet, the leaves are even more stunning.
3. I chose a wide open aperture on a long lens so that only a tiny centre portion of the image was in focus, and the peripheral areas (mostly behind, but some in the bottom left foreground) became very soft and out of focus. No after-the-fact-making-things-out-of-focus-on-the computer was done. It’s always better to get it right in the camera!
4. It was such a quick grab really. I simply shot the image from inside through our dining room window.
November 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm
The light this fall has been truly sublime, plus the colors were incredibly rich and long lasting. Nice capture, John. I like your composition.
November 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm
Exactly. Great light and great colour this fall. Thanks for your input Larry!