It’s time for A Personal Photo Challenge! “Trees” is the theme this month.
I was sorely tempted to dust off some images from my archived files for this challenge topic. I have always been fascinated by the shape and majesty of trees, so I could have easily driven myself bonkers by going through several thousand images. And like children, how can you pick which ones you love the most? It is impossible. So I selected a few that I have taken in the past two weeks that feature autumn scenes. (Click on each one to see them bigger.)
A sunset provides an attractive backdrop to counterpoint the graphic quality of these tree silhouettes. This scene was captured from our front yard. I merged three individual photographs to create the panoramic view.
tree silhouette at sunset (panorama)
f/5.6, 1/50 second, ISO 1000
It is always a treat to catch a glimpse of mountain vistas like this as we travel on the Cherohala Skyway near the Tennessee and North Carolina border. The foliage on the ridge shows how leaf colors have changed at different elevations. I used a polarizer to help mute mid-day reflections and provide saturation.
Another photographer came over to stand in my chosen spot, once he realized how I was framing the scene up. He had a point-and-shoot camera and was wearing sunglasses. I suggested that he take the sunglasses off of his face and put one side over his camera lens. A light bulb went off in his head and he thanked me profusely for the tip. He said I just made his day! "You’re welcome," I replied!
fall colors around the bend
Cherohala Skyway, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee
f/13.0, 1/60 second, ISO 320
There is a grand old maple tree that sits right across the street from our neighborhood grocery store. The tree adorns the front yard of a vintage bungalow house. Everybody around our little valley knows to catch its glorious color show this time of year. It truly shines in late afternoon light. I love the contrast with the green foliage of another nearby tree. A moon sliver and lone cloud add to the composition. And yes, I used a polarizer on this image too.
f/10.0, 1/125 second, ISO 320
I hope you enjoyed my photos and descriptions. Please visit A Personal Photo Challenge blog and check out the creative efforts of other participants too!